In recent years, the democratically-elected president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, has emerged as an international leader on climate change issues. It’s no wonder, since the low-lying island nation is particularly vulnerable to sea level rise. But public protest and police mutiny linked to his predecessor forced Nasheed out of office in February. We talk with the director of the new documentary film “Island President,” which follows the ex-president’s rise to power and his quest to cut carbon emissions around the globe.
Jon Shenk, documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, co-founder of San Francisco-based Actual Films and director of "The Island President"