Free Screening - The Island President

The screening is free, but you need to register for the screening at http://engage.worldaffairs.org/site/Calendar/794786239?view=RSVP&id=103961

If you missed the screening in Berkeley a few months ago, here is your opportunity to see the film in San Francisco.

Jon Shenk's The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced-the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable.

The Island President captures Nasheed's first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film provides a rare glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly. Nasheed is unusually candid about revealing his strategies-leveraging the Maldives' underdog position as a tiny country, harnessing the power of media, and overcoming deadlocks through an appeal to unity with other developing nations. When hope fades for a written accord to be signed, Nasheed makes a stirring speech which salvages an agreement. Despite the modest size of his country, Mohamed Nasheed has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change

This event was developed by members of the International Forum, a globally minded multicultural group that acts as an interactive arm of the World Affairs Council. The group, comprised exclusively of volunteers, hosts speaker events, informal group discussions, social gatherings, a book club and other networking opportunities.

The screening is free, but you need to register for the screening at http://engage.worldaffairs.org/site/Calendar/794786239?view=RSVP&id=103961

Here is a link to the trailer http://theislandpresident.com/#!wp-video-lightbox[iframes]/0/

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  • A former member
    A former member

    For those who didn't make it out to the event and if you have NETFLIX, pls watch the film on netflix. It was so informative, as is Chasing Ice (another xcellent film to check out on netflix).

    1 · July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The film was EXCELLENT! I am so glad I came out to see it.

    1 · July 23, 2013

    • Amy Z.

      How did I miss seeing you?! I am glad you enjoyed the film.

      July 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      @Amy-I was looking at the poster outside the bldg while some ppl walked in @ right afterwards I realized it was you (as i recognized your sign on your bag) but when i got upstairs and into the room, i couldn't spot you! :)

      July 24, 2013

  • Gavin

    I'm very glad I came as well. I found it very informative and enjoyable.

    I'm saddened to hear that he was deposed in a coup.

    July 24, 2013

  • Amy Z.

    I wanted to let everyone know that Bill McKibben of 350.org (he was in the film) is speaking in San Francisco on 2 Aug. Tickets are $10 at http://www.cityboxoffice.com

    Also, there is going to be a climate rally/march in Richmond on 3 Aug http://joinsummerheat.org/bay/

    July 23, 2013

  • Amy Z.

    It was great seeing everyone. The film was fantastic! The discussion after the movie left much to be desired. So if you left right after the credits you didn't miss anything.

    July 23, 2013

  • Barbara

    A very worthwhile film and really nice group of people!

    1 · July 23, 2013

  • Patrice S.

    Sorry I'm going to be stuck at work later than I planned on. Hope to meet you all next time.

    July 23, 2013

  • Jenny K

    Sorry, guys!

    July 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry everyone, some last minute things came up. I can not attend the screening 8>( !

    July 23, 2013

  • Precious

    I forgot I have a late doctor's appointment today. Coming from Oakland seems like it would be cutting it too close. Enjoy!

    July 23, 2013

  • Amy Z.

    Here is how you can find me (and the group) this evening for The Island President. I will have a green bag with a Meetup sign on it. And I am wearing an island :) blue scarf in my hair. If all goes well, I will be at the Irish Bank at 5:45 and at the movie venue at 6:45.

    July 23, 2013

  • Mark P.

    looking forward to it. i DO hope that there will be discussion afterwords! :D

    1 · July 23, 2013

  • lisa

    hi everyone,
    i'm new here and a little confused. i see that faith is heading to hops and hominy before the show. is there another locale that others are meeting up at. i don't see that info anywhere. thanks for any clarification and see you all tomorrow evening. lisa

    July 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Lisa, Amy thought that some may want to grab a bite and meet at the Irish Bank about "6ish". Here is a link to the menu http://www.yelp.com/m...­ I was going to meet them there at 6:30 since I would not be eating there.

      1 · July 23, 2013

  • Faith

    i can't do english food. i'll be at the bar at Hops & Hominy 6-ish, enjoying southern fare: hopsandhominy.com

    July 22, 2013

  • lisa

    hi everyone, this will be my first meet-up. looking forward to it. cheers, lisa

    July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Amy, would there be a place/time afterwards for a film discussion??
    Thanks for the Irish Bank idea - I would have eaten by then but can still meet everyone there if the place doesn't mind??

    July 21, 2013

    • Amy Z.

      I have a feeling there will be discussion afterwards at the event. I am not sure since this will be my first Word Affairs Council event.

      1 · July 21, 2013

  • Marciana O.

    Out of town! Love the idea of this Meet-up. Way to go!

    July 19, 2013

  • Teresa

    It appears their website is down.

    July 17, 2013

    • Amy Z.

      I just tried it and worked for me. See if it works for you now.

      July 17, 2013

  • Avneesh

    Very interesting topic. Wouldn't expect anything less from WAC. Can't wait!

    1 · July 11, 2013

  • Estefani

    Hello everyone! Excited to see this film and meet new folks!

    July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to my first screening as a new member of BAFS!

    July 8, 2013

  • Nicole

    I saw it last month in Berkeley and it is definitely worth while!

    1 · June 20, 2013

  • Amy Z.

    I am so excited to finally see this film!!!

    June 19, 2013

  • Lisa D.

    great movie!

    1 · June 19, 2013

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