Sneak Preview of “The Island President”

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Nov 24, 2011

Movie on Maldives’ President Nasheed screened at the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

A sneak preview of the documentary film “The Island President” has been screened at the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa last night.
Directed by award-winning director Jon Shenk, the documentary follows President Nasheed as he raises awareness about climate change around the globe and fights to save his country from disappearing, literally. The documentary’s preview premier took place at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado following its official world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival where the film received Toronto’s People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary.


The screening which was attended by Director Jon Shenk, Producer Richard Berge, and Associate Producer Craig Hickerson began with pre-dinner drinks during a beautiful Maldivian sunset. A local Bodu Beru group performed traditional songs throughout the dinner which was served at Sea Salt, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa signature restaurant.  Amid the beautiful Maldivian night skies, the screening of the documentary took place at Anchorage bar.


“It’s great to share with our guests such a fascinating documentary. It gives a whole new meaning and understanding to our guests to learn about the environmental challenges our country faces, when they are literally a few inches above sea level.” said Shumaes Rasheed, Marketing Communications Manager of Sheraton Maldives regarding the screening.


The screening was also part of the Starwood Preferred Guest program’s SPG Moments where one of the SPG members won tickets for a one of a kind experience for the advance screening and also a private breakfast with the Director and Producer on the following morning.
The Island President is a co-production of AfterImage Public Media and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), in association with Actual Films and Impact Partners, with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Ford Foundation, John D. and The Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund.

About The Island President
The Island President tells the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced–the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. The Island President is a co-production of AfterImage Public Media and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), in association with Actual Films and Impact Partners, with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Ford Foundation, John D. and The Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund. For more information, please visit www.theislandpresident.com

About Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
Sheraton helps guests make connections at more than 400 hotels in 70 countries around the world and recently completed a $6 billion global revitalization and is now in the midst of a $5 billion global expansion over the next three years. Sheraton is owned by and is the largest and most global brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1051 properties in 100 countries and territories with 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element SM.  Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com
 

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