Global Warming and Endangered Peoples: The Island President

Sunday, February 19, 2012, 2pm

The Island President


Director, Jon Shenk (USA, 101m, 2011)

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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. This story is extremely timely, given that since its filming, on February 9, 2012, President Nasheed resigned under threat in order to prevent a bloody coup. He is now calling for new elections. "The Island President" won the People's Choice Award for Best Documentary at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the previously announced program for February 19 - "Protecting Mother Earth" from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian - has been cancelled. Some of the short films from this program, featuring contemporary Native American voices speaking out on the challenge of protecting the land, will still be presented to begin this evening's program.

The film will be introduced by Professor Bill Felice, Eckerd College Professor of Political Science, named 2006 Florida Professor of the Year and author of Taking Suffering Seriously, The Global New Deal, and How Do I Save My Honor?

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