“Coffee and Conversation in the Community” film and discussion series continues in 2013 with the local premiere of “The Island President” on Sunday, April 21st at 1:00 pm.
The series will be held at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center at 13th and Q streets on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.
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.
Following the film, a panel discussion will be led by:
Dr. Qi S. Hu, professor at the School of Natural Resources and the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences of University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Matan Gill, founder and chair of the Student Government Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC) at UNL.
Lisa Lee, Member of Citizens Climate Lobby.
Rev. Kim Morrow, Minister of Sustainability, First Plymouth Church.
Cathy Beecham, Lincoln Electric System board member.
“Coffee and Conversation” is FREE and open to the public. A community discussion in UNL’s Van Brunt Visitors Center follows the screening. The films are shown in partnership with ITVS Community Cinema, Lincoln community radio station KZUM (89.3 FM), the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Thank you.