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WRITTEN, PHOTOGRAPHED & DIRECTED BY JON SHENK

Mohamed Nasheed is the handsome, young, crusading president of the Maldives, a paradise composed of 1200 tiny islands, set jewel-like in the Indian Ocean. In a David v. Goliath scenario, he is battling the climate change that threatens to destroy his nation. His candid, intelligent, often humorous speeches and asides make for a totally refreshing experience in political activism, as he builds a democracy that replaces decades of oppression and corruption that previously held sway. But as he pointedly notes: “It won’t be any good to have a democracy if we don’t have a country.” The Indian Ocean is rising, and if carbon emissions continue at their present levels or if they climb, the Maldives will definitely disappear. Filmmaker Jon Shenk captures this real-life drama and the charismatic man who is leading the charge to save his 3000-year-old nation — and maybe the rest of us too.

US • 2011 • 101 MINS. • IN ENGLISH & DHIVEHI WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES • SAMUEL GOLDWYN FILMS

Check out fascinating interviews with President Nasheed and Jon Shenk!

DEMOCRACY NOW!, March 29, 2012
LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, March 28, 2012
WNYC’S THE LEONARD LOPATE SHOW, March 28, 2012
NPR’S THE TAKEAWAY, March 28, 2012

Read Nasheed’s op-ed from The New York Times here and watch Jon Shenk’s terrific op-doc here

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"Astonishing access. Inspiring... virtually ensures 'Remember the Maldives!' will become a rallying cry in the fight against global warming."
– Peter Debruge, Variety

“President Mohamed Nasheed starred in a movie, but he has since lost his country. Last month, the political situation in the Maldives made headlines after Mr. Nasheed, the island nation’s first democratically elected president – known for his liberal attitudes toward massage parlors, Israel,, and his passion for environmental issues – resigned under duress.”
– Wall Street Journal

“Like seeing David triumph over Goliath.  One of the most fascinating political documentaries in recent years.”
– Sarah Sluis, Film Journal International

“Gripping!  It’s fascinating to be so close to a then-sitting head of state as he negotiates for his homeland’s survival, and the news that Nasheed was recently deposed in a coup by Gayoom loyalists makes the hard-won victories he did secure all the more poignant.”
– Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

“Spectacular aerial and underwater footage of the Maldives’ beauty…Mr. Shenk and his crew were given extraordinary access to Mr. Nasheed during his first year in power, and (the film) moves with the sometimes manic energy of a young, ambitious leader throwing himself at enormous challenges.”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

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Q&A with THE ISLAND PRESIDENT subject Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed (Recorded March 28, 2012)