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Free Screening - The Island President

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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 (http://www.worldaffairs.org/community/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/