Documentary film on climate efforts of Maldives President Nasheed to debut this year

• May 19, 2011

Web screenshot of The Island President siteA Hollywood-style documentary feature film about the Maldives and climate change will be premiered at an international film festival later this year.

‘The Island President’ is a fly-on-the-wall, 90-minute documentary film, which highlights the Maldives’ efforts to combat climate change and rising sea levels.

The film has been made by Actual Films, an Oscar and Emmy-winning American documentary film company, based in San Francisco.

Actual Films contacted the government in early 2009 and asked for permission to film President Nasheed, members of the government and others as they prepared for the December 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change summit.

The film includes previously unseen recordings of the Maldives government’s preparations for Copenhagen, as well as dramatic behind-the-scenes footage during the summit itself.

Actual Films have spent over two years and $1.5 million making the film, which is due to be aired in the Maldives early next year.

Actual Films had full editorial control over the movie. The film was paid for in its entirety through grants from the Ford Foundation, the American Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the MacArthur Foundation, the Atlantic Foundation, the Sundance Institute, and small donations from American well wishers.

Watch the trailer:

More information about the film is available on its website:


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