New Orleans Community Cinema
Please join us for "NEW ORLEANS COMMUNITY CINEMA," a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring films from the Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens. Community Cinema brings together leading organizations, community members and public television stations to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time. Screenings are held on the third Friday of the month at Ashe Cultural Arts Center - located at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, NOLA 70113.
Free Admission and refreshments. For more information contact Drena Clay at 504.569.9070 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Hosted by Ashé Cultural Arts Center, with support from ITVS, NEA, CPB, New Orleans Film Society, WYES, Whole Foods Market, and Charitable Film Network.
Friday, April 19, 2013
THE ISLAND PRESIDENT
by Jon Shenk
The Island President lifts the issue of global warming out of the theoretical and into the personal. President Mohamed Nasheed is trying to prevent 385,000 people from drowning. His nation of 1,200 low-lying islands, the Maldives, is sinking into the Indian Ocean as sea levels rise due to global warming. Climate change experts say that some of the islands will be submerged within 20 years, threatening the lives of the largely impoverished inhabitants as well as inundating the lavish resorts that dot the islands. Nasheed’s unprecedented contingency plan is to move his entire population to a new homeland. As he conducts serious discussions about this with Sri Lanka and Australia, Nasheed is doing all he can to prevent this looming disaster by trying to convince world leaders to halt global warming.
The Island President is a little like a non-fiction Mr. Smith Goes to Washington elevated to the world stage. The filmmakers received exclusive access to follow President Nasheed as he prepared over several months for the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit in December. The terms of the 1997 Kyoto Treaty on Climate Change were about to expire, and leaders from around the world converged on Copenhagen to hammer out a new treaty with renewed urgency. Go behind the scenes with President Nasheed as he tries to convince world leaders to finally take serious action against looming danger of climate change. The stakes couldn’t be higher for President Nasheed, who this as the last chance to save his homeland, and the world. (60 minutes)
FREE Admission and refreshments!
For more information visit www.itvs.org/films/island-president.