FILM REVIEW: “The Island President”

BY DAYNA PAPALEO

“The Island President”

(NR), directed by Jon Shenk

Screens Thursday at the Little

Get a preview of September’s Greentopia | FILM Festival with the absorbing “The Island President,” which chronicles recently ousted Maldives leader Mohamed Nasheed’s battle to save his slowly eroding country, consisting of more than 2,000 islands in the Indian Ocean. We’re brought up to speed on the former political prisoner’s path to the presidency, then tossed into the fight leading up to the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference. The charismatic Nasheed’s idealistic activism crashes into the reality of politics as he takes on Goliaths like India and China, who see the call for a reduction in carbon emissions as an affront to their growing countries and not the planet-saving maneuver it really is. Director Jon Shenk will take questions from the audience via Skype following the screening.

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