Victoria Film Festival 2012 brought a few documentary films that are related to latest social issues; One of them came in right in time.
The Island President is a documentary film features Mohamed Nasheed, a former president of the Maldives who has brought democracy to the nation and has been fighting to protect the country of 1,192 islands from sinking into the ocean. The country is known for the lowest lying country in the world.
The screening at the festival started with an announcement from a local environment activist from Eco News that there was a coup in the Maldives a few days ago and Nasheed was no longer the island president. With this unusual introduction of the film, the audience was inspired by Nasheed’s persistant claim to save his nation from rising sea levels and his contagious negotiations with high carbon emission countries, such as India and China.
The film keeps its focus on Nasheed who sometimes makes remarks with his good sense of humour. The film makes you feel like you know Nasheed like an old friend of yours but that’s Nasheed who has amicable personality and has visited almost all the households in the country upon his election campaign to reach out to people. At the end of the film, a theatre was filled with applause and the audience wrote down the web address for a petition to save Nasheed from the coup as the URL was presented by the local activist.
For the petition and more information.