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Island President Updates: Former Maldives President Arrested

Update (1/18/16): Nasheed was allowed to leave prison and the Maldives in order to get needed surgery in Britain. But apparently he’s been asked to return to Maldives once recovered to serve the rest of his sentence. Update (4/30/15): Amal Clooney writes an impassioned plea in the Guardian: “Release Mohamed Nasheed – an innocent man and … READ MORE

The Island President: Maldives Elections Update

Those who have seen the Independent Lens documentary The Island President, by Jon Shenk, about the deposed former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed and his work fighting climate change, will likely be distressed about the latest news. As reported by The New York Times and other sources, police in the Maldives blocked a rescheduled presidential election on Saturday, … READ MORE

The Island President’s Jon Shenk on Turmoil in the Maldives

For documentary filmmakers, breaking news can be either a blessing or a curse. By the time Jon Shenk finished directing The Island President (premiering April 2013 on Independent Lens), his title character was no longer the island president. The military and police ousted Mohamed Nasheed, a human rights activist and environmentalist, as leader of the Maldives in February … READ MORE

The Island President Appears on Morning Edition After Apparent Coup

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed appeared on Morning Edition this week. Nasheed was forced to resign earlier this month in what he referred to as a coup, a claim his successor denies. He is featured in the documentary The Island President, which will air next season on Independent Lens. Listen to NPR’s Morning Edition interview … READ MORE

The Island President Ousted — Filmmakers Respond

The Island President, directed by Jon Shenk and produced by Bonni Cohen and Richard Berge, debuted at Sundance just two weeks ago. We told you then how thrilled we were that the film will be on Independent Lens next season. The filmmakers are keeping us updated on events in the Maldives as the subject of … READ MORE