Spanning 115 square miles, the Maldives ranks as the tenth-smallest country in the world. As such, this conglomerate nation of some 2000 islands may seem inconsequential or even dismissible to some more calloused observers. Jon Shenk's documentary The Island President
, however, makes an emotionally overwhelming case for the country’s vitality, filtered through the eyes of one visionary Maldivian leader who mounted an incredible campaign against climate change.
The film profiles Democratic Party member Mohamed Nasheed during his headline-making tenure as the country’s fourth president from November 2008 through January 2012. The documentary briefly tou...