The Island President
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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. A classic David and Goliath tale, The Island President captures Nasheed's… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Island President is an important portrait of a determined man standing fast in a place where the ground is literally shifting beneath his feet."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Nasheed is indeed inspirational, a cool-headed but passionate and courageous guy. You end up wishing a lot more leaders were like this guy."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"One only hopes that the documentary will help advance Nasheed's mission and inspire others to join arms out of shared ecological concern."
‑ Nathan Southern, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"If you are in a fight, you want this man on your side. He is charismatic, brave and most of all entirely believes in what he is what he is doing. I'm not sure he know the meaning of the word compromise."
‑ Louise Gray, Daily Telegraph
"Shenk's tight storytelling makes for a gripping film that delivers the ugly, at times ennobling, truth."
‑ Alison Gang, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Climate-change documentaries are almost always disturbing, but "The Island President" communicates a special urgency."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Shenk expertly weaves Nasheed's extraordinary personal story together with the Maldives' breathtaking natural beauty and a Capra-esque tale of dogged idealism and political courage to create wonderfully vivid cinematic portraiture."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"A fascinating look at an extraordinary personality."
‑ Radheyan Simonpillai, NOW Toronto
"As an insight into the cynical nature of world politics, The Island President is wonky but fascinating stuff ... But as a testament to mankind's willingness to change... it's deeply dispiriting."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"A socially engaged documentary with more heart than head, this slice of boosterism focusing on the exiled Maldives president achieves unexpected ancillary connection as a ground-floor look at a grand clash of political and governmental wills."
‑ Brent Simon,
"[An] engaging, gorgeously photographed documentary."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"What makes Nasheed's whirligig tactics so urgent is that, unlike most other countries participating in the summit, his own nation is actually in danger of being annihilated by climate change."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The haunting "How to Disappear Completely" plays over the closing credits. If Nasheed isn't able to wake up the world to his country's plight, in a few decades, that could be the new Maldives national anthem."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"The film clearly sides with Nasheed's David as he battles Goliath-like businesses and governments, but it never loses sight of the fact that his efforts to preserve the fragile beauty of the sinking Maldives may already be doomed."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"An absorbing portrait of a man trying to turn a tide of indifference."
‑ , Scotsman
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