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April 8: Award-winning documentary marks Earth Day

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

FREDERICK, Md.—An award-winning documentary about one man’s mission to save his nation and the planet will be shown April 22 at 6 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall at Hood College.

The screening will mark the College's celebration of Earth Day.

The Island President is the story of former president Mohamed Nasheed of the Republic of the Maldives and his fight to save his country and people from the effects of global warming. Located off the Indian subcontinent, the island nation—an archipelago of 1,200 coral islands considered to be the lowest lying country in the world—will become unlivable if the sea level rises just nine feet. The film documents his first year in office, culminating with his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where he appeals to the largest nations to take significant measures to stem climate change.

The film won multiple awards at the Sundance and the Toronto international film festivals.

Earth Day, established in 1970, is considered the birth of the modern environmental movement. Celebrated each year on April 22, events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

For more information, contact Hoda Zaki, Virginia E. Lewis Professor of Political Science, at hzaki@hood.edu.