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THE ISLAND PRESIDENT
Climate change expert Will Travis appearing in person
Monday, April 15, 12:30 pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
www.cafilm.org, (415) 454-1222
THE ISLAND PRESIDENT lifts the issue of global warming out of the theoretical and into the personal. Now, former President Mohamed Nasheed is trying to prevent 385,000 people from drowning. His nation of 1,200 low-lying islands, the Maldives, is sinking into the Indian Ocean as sea levels rise due to global warming. Climate change experts say that some of the islands will be submerged within 20 years, threatening the lives of the largely impoverished inhabitants as well as inundating the lavish resorts that dot the islands. Nasheed’s unprecedented contingency plan is to move his entire population to a new homeland. As he conducts serious discussions about this with Sri Lanka and Australia, we see Nasheed doing all he can to prevent this looming disaster by trying to convince world leaders to halt global warming.
THE ISLAND PRESIDENT is a little like a non-fiction Mr. Smith Goes to Washington elevated to the world stage. The filmmakers received exclusive access to follow President Nasheed as he prepared over several months for the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit in December. The terms of the 1997 Kyoto Treaty on Climate Change were about to expire, and leaders from around the world converged on Copenhagen to hammer out a new treaty with renewed urgency. Go behind the scenes with President Nasheed as he tries to convince world leaders to finally take serious action against looming danger of climate change. The stakes couldn’t be higher for President Nasheed, who this as the last chance to save his homeland, and the world.
About the Director - Jon Shenk is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, and a founder of Actual Films in San Francisco. He co-directed Afghanistan: Hell of a Nation for PBS’s Wide Angle series, and is currently producing New Heroes, a series for PBS about social entrepreneurs. He produced, directed, and photographed The Beginning, a cinema-verité documentary about the making of Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace. He earned his master's in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University in 1995.
Q&A and discussion immediately following the film with Will Travis, a consultant, writer and speaker on how climate change will impact the Bay Area and why it is necessary to adapt to sea level rise as a means of advancing the region’s economic prosperity.
Travis earned Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Regional Planning degrees, both from Penn State University. He spent most of his career working for California state coastal management agencies, including the California Coastal Commission from 1973 to 1985 and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, commonly called BCDC, the state agency that regulates development in the Bay and along its shoreline. He served as BCDC’s deputy director from 1985 to 1995 and as executive director from 1995 to 2011. In 2012 he served as the Senior Advisor to the Bay Area Joint Policy Committee, which is coordinating the efforts of four regional agencies to advance future economic prosperity and address climate change in the land use planning of the San Francisco Bay region.
He spearheaded the public acquisition of 10,000 acres of privately-owned salt ponds along the northern shoreline of San Francisco Bay so the ponds can be restored to coastal wetlands. Travis is the 2009 recipient of the Jean Auer Environmental Award, presented by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership, and the 2012 recipient of the Frank C. Boerger Award, presented by the Bay Planning Coalition.
April 21, 11am-5pm
Redwood High School, 395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, CA 94939
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