The handsome, young, crusading president of the Maldives, a paradise composed of 1200 tiny islands strewn like jewels atop the Indian Ocean, is captured in his first year in office in this David and Goliath tale. The film reveals his battle with the climate change that threatens to destroy his nation, with stunning transparency and intimacy. His candid, intelligent, often humorous speeches and asides make for a totally refreshing experience in political activism as he builds a democracy that replaces decades of oppression and corruption that prevailed before his election. But as he pointedly notes: “It won’t be any good to have a democracy if we don’t have a country.” The Indian Ocean is rising, and if carbon emissions continue at their present levels or if they climb, the Maldives will definitely disappear.
- Release date:March 28, 2012