Community Cinema presents "The Island President"

Community Cinema presents "The Island President"

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Mohamed Nasheed

Join us for a free screening of this documentary that spotlights the efforts of then-Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed as he tackles climate change. 

Please join us Monday, April 29, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Little Theatre for The Island President. Jon Shenk’s The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable. The free screening will be followed by a panel discussion.

The Island President captures Nasheed’s first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film provides a rare glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly. Nasheed is unusually candid about revealing his strategies—leveraging the Maldives’ underdog position as a tiny country, harnessing the power of media, and overcoming deadlocks through an appeal to unity with other developing nations. When hope fades for a written accord to be signed, Nasheed makes a stirring speech which salvages an agreement. Despite the modest size of his country, Mohamed Nasheed has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change.

ON FEBRUARY 7, 2012, MOHAMED NASHEED RESIGNED THE PRESIDENCY UNDER THE THREAT OF VIOLENCE IN A COUP D'ETAT PERPETRATED BY SECURITY FORCES LOYAL TO THE FORMER DICTATOR. THIS FILM IS THE STORY OF HIS FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE.

The film will be followed by a talkback. Panelists include:

Dr. Wesley Renfro, assistant professor of political science at St. John Fisher College, earned undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Non-Western History at Heidelberg University. In 2009, he earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Connecticut. His areas of researching and teaching expertise include international relations, international security, and foreign policy decision-making. He has published several chapters and articles on international relations and is co-authoring a book on the theories of international relations in the Middle East.

Dr. Ron Wexler is the founder of WexEnergy Innovations, a start-up that focuses on new energy saving products and services for living spaces. Prior to starting WexEnergy Innovations in March 2009, Ron had a record of successful innovation with over 20 granted U.S. patents covering critical attributes of profitable products leading to revenues of several billion dollars during a 23-year career at Eastman Kodak Company. His inventions cover a wide range of technologies, most relating to materials for digital products. In addition, Ron provided strategic guidance to research and development teams leading to over 200 patents in multiple technologies and businesses as well as intellectual property valuation for licensing programs and mergers and acquisitions. Ron was born and raised in the suburbanChicagoarea and is the son of a Manhattan Project scientist. Ron has chemistry degrees and postdoctoral experience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (S.B. degree), theUniversityofCalifornia, Berkeley (Ph.D.) and the California Institute of Technology (Research Fellow) where his research focused on chemical aspects of energy related problems. From 2007-2008, Ron was a volunteer on the Green Brighton Task Force and he is currently Vice Chairman of the Town ofBrighton’s Sustainability Oversight Committee. In August, 2012 Ron became a member of The Climate Reality Project’s Climate Leadership Corps to advocate for societal response to climate change.

 Dr. Marc Adoux Pape (bios to come)

WXXI Community Cinema Series presents films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series, Independent Lens. The screenings, held at the Little Theatre (240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY), will be followed by lively panel discussions to encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues. These events are free, open to the public, and reservations are not required.

Community Cinema is presented by ITVS and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Watch the film trailer here:



THE ISLAND PRESIDENT—A Documentary By Jon Shenk | Official Trailer from Sawyer Studios on Vimeo.

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