The Island President

I know I said I wasn't going to do it, but what the hey! It's a freebie at Sie (Denver) Film Center. I'll be there at about 1:30 pm. Be sure to reserve your ticket(s) through Rocky Mountain PBS. They distribute these tickets in Sie's lobby. Sie does not. Here's hoping I see you there!

This one eventually will be featured on the PBS documentary series, just as "Wonder Women" will be this week on Channel 6. We saw that one ahead of time a month ago.

Details follow:

RMPBS Community Cinema: The Island President
90 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Environmental, Political

Screens Sunday, April 21st at 2pm at Sie FilmCenter

Community Cinema is a national civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Every month in 100+ cities, community members come together to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time.

This is a FREE event. CLICK HERE to RSVP for your ticket.

The Island President lifts the issue of global warming out of the theoretical and into the personal. President Mohamed Nasheed is trying to prevent 385,000 people from drowning. His nation of 1,200 low-lying islands, the Maldives, is sinking into the Indian Ocean as sea levels rise due to global warming. Climate change experts say that some of the islands will be submerged within 20 years, threatening the lives of the largely impoverished inhabitants as well as inundating the lavish resorts that dot the islands. Nasheed’s unprecedented contingency plan is to move his entire population to a new homeland. As he conducts serious discussions about this with Sri Lanka and Australia, Nasheed is doing all he can to prevent this looming disaster by trying to convince world leaders to halt global warming.

The Island President is a little like a non-fiction Mr. Smith Goes to Washington elevated to the world stage. The filmmakers received exclusive access to follow President Nasheed as he prepared over several months for the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit in December. The terms of the 1997 Kyoto Treaty on Climate Change were about to expire, and leaders from around the world converged on Copenhagen to hammer out a new treaty with renewed urgency. Go behind the scenes with President Nasheed as he tries to convince world leaders to finally take serious action against looming danger of climate change. The stakes couldn’t be higher for President Nasheed, who this as the last chance to save his homeland, and the world.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    A bit more thought. The film inadvertently showed why Maldives, a fledgling democracy, ended up with a coup and its newly elected president deposed as he ignored administration in favor of effecting little-to-no change on global warming. Basically, he continued to be a political activist, this time on a global scale, rather than be an elected president. He wasted his time, and now his country is run by a military coup. As they say, first things first.

    April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent film. Great group. Good discussion after.

    April 21, 2013

  • Bailey B.

    Great film!

    April 21, 2013

  • Christy O

    I want to see this film, but Sunday looks like the best weather in a while, so I think I have to hike instead. :-)

    April 18, 2013

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