Friday, March 23, 2012 - 15:00

On Friday March 30, the Eden Project will be holding a premiere screening of The Island President: the story of Mohamed Nasheed, former President of the Maldives, and his first year in power.

Shot and directed by John Shenk, the feature documentary follows Nasheed on his mission to make the Maldives the first carbon-neutral country in the world.

The film gives unprecedented access to Nasheed, documenting events such as his inspirational speech at the Copenhagen Climate Change conference and the underwater cabinet meeting held in the Maldives to highlight the threat of global warning to the country.

The Maldives consists of 1,200 coral islands off the Indian sub-continent, of which 200 are inhabited. As one of the most low-lying countries in the world, it is in danger of becoming uninhabitable if the sea level were to rise by as little as three feet.

The release of the film, which will be shown in various locations around the UK, follows the news that Nasheed resigned the Presidency last month under the threat of violence in a coup d’état perpetrated by security forces loyal to the former dictator.

Gus Grand, Lead on Climate Change at the Eden Project, said: “Having previously worked with Mohamed Nasheed to help to develop a low carbon economy in the Maldives, we are proud to be chosen as one of the venues to show a premiere screening of the film.”

The film starts at 7:30pm in The Gallery and costs £5. For further information on the film, go to To book a seat, email Carli Summer on