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Island President, The


After bringing democracy to his country, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, takes up the fight to keep his homeland from disappearing under the sea.

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The critical consensus

Nasheed may be a small fish in a big geopolitical pond, but his enterprise and optimism are a welcome complement to eco doc doom and gloom.

****(*)Sam Wigley, Total Film, 19/03/2012

While Nasheed is a fascinating figure, the film peters to a close after a strong start.

***(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 29/03/2012

Sure it’s hagiographic, but this is environmentalist filmmaking at its best.

***(*)(*)Tom Seymour, Little White Lies, 29/03/2012

Perhaps his advocacy will help to bring the climate change issue back into political fashion.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 29/03/2012

A documentary study in integrity and its dangers.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 31/03/2012

A fascinating insight into the disparity between rich and poor, and powerful nations and their less muscle-flexing neighbours. And, unless you're a fish, it's also pretty darn scary.

****(*)Patrick Peters, Empire Online, 31/03/2012

This is an absorbing portrait of a man trying to turn a tide of indifference.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 08/04/2012

What emerges is both a thoughtful exploration of a frustrating issue and an intriguing portrait of a gifted and forthright politician, even if events from February of this year (when he was forced out of office) give the cautious optimism he inspires in the film a more desperate edge.

Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 12/04/2012

Island President, The

Where and when?

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Tuesday April 10, 2012. More info:

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday April 13, 2012, until Thursday April 19, 2012. No screenings April 14 or 15.. More info:

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Monday May 14, 2012, until Thursday May 17, 2012. More info:

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