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WEDU Community Cinema Screening: The Island President

WEDU Public Media

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM (EDT)

Sarasota, FL

WEDU Community Cinema Screening: The Island President

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Presents a Free Film Screening of The Island President


Community Cinema, a national documentary screening series presented locally by WEDU and Independent Television Service (ITVS) presents a screening of The Island President at the Mildred Sainer Pavilion at New College on Tuesday, April 30th at 6:30pm.


About the Film:

The Island President lifts the issue of global warming out of the theoretical and into the personal. 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, Nasheed is 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.


WHAT: FREE screening of The Island President, followed by discussion moderated by Associate Professor of Political Science at New College of Florida, Frank Alcock

WHO: Presented by ITVS Community Cinema, WEDU and New College of Sarasota

WHEN: Tuesday, April 30th at 6:30pm, followed by discussion.

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When & Where

Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College
5313 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM (EDT)

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