From March 28 – April 10 Film Forum will show director John Shenk’s compelling, frightening and beautifully shot new documentary “The Island President.” The subject is Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed.
The Maldives are a virtual paradise consisting of 1200 small islands strewn like jewels across the top of the Indian Ocean spanning 400 miles of open sea. Until Nasheed’s election the Maldives had been under the brutal dictatorial rule of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Nasheed led a 20-year pro democracy movement against Gayoom which resulted in Nasheed being imprisoned for 18 months in a corrugated cell and tortured. He finally emerged as president at the age of 41. (more…)