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Director  Jon Shenk
Initial DVD release  November 13, 2012 (USA)
Country  USA
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Documentary
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Language  English
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Release date  1 September 2011 (2011-09-01) (TFF)
Initial release  March 28, 2012 (New York City)
Music director  Radiohead, Stars of the Lid, Marco DAmbrosio
Cast  Mohamed Nasheed, Mohammed Waheed Hassan, Laila Ali Abdulla, Ahmed Naseem, Aminath Shauna
Similar movies  Democracy Is ..., The Masters of Terror, Ruins, RoboCop, Salt, Lula, the son of Brazil
Tagline  Can this man save the world?

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The Island President is a 2011 documentary film about the efforts of then-President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed to tackle rising sea levels resulting from climate change. Produced by Actual Films, an Oscar- and Emmy-winning American documentary film company based in San Francisco, and directed by Jon Shenk, the film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival.

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The film was funded by groups including the Ford Foundation, the American Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies and the Sundance Institute.

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At the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, The Island President won the Cadillac People's Choice Documentary Award.

US rights to The Island President were acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films. The film opened in New York City on March 28, 2012, followed by releases in other US cities, like Los Angeles and San Francisco.

After Nasheed stepped down as President in February 2012, Shenk said that he hoped his film could help convince the world that Nasheed was deposed in a coup that was orchestrated by loyalists to the former dictator, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. “That might be the single most important thing that the movie can do. It’s now clear that this new government is not democratic, that the people who run the ministries are the same people who were there under the dictator.”

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Reception

The Island President received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a fresh rating of 98%, based on 45 reviews, with the consensus saying, "An eye-opening and appealing documentary about an earnest politician up against the closed door drama of climate change." The film has a score of 72 out of 100 at Metacritic, based on 14 reviews. A.O. Scott of The New York Times described the film as "buoyant and spirited" despite a grim postscript, praising its "spectacular aerial and underwater footage of the Maldives’ beauty" and stating that "It is impossible, while watching it, to root against Mr. Nasheed or to believe that he will fail". Noel Murray of The A.V. Club gave the film a "B-", praising "the energy and conclusiveness" of its opening sections, but writing that "the movie stalls a bit" during the sections of international diplomacy.

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