Media Advisory - Free Film Screening Saturday, April 27

Apr 25, 2013

Media Advisory - For Saturday, April 27, 2013

Mohamed Nasheed, the first democratically elected president of the Republic of Maldives.
Credit Courtesy of Chiara Goia

Contacts: Vickie Devenport, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-6148,

WSIU, Carbondale Library To Present Free Film Screening This Saturday, April 27

Featured Film: The Island President

Carbondale, Ill. -- Reporters, camera crews, and photographers are invited to cover a free Community Cinema screening and discussion of the film The Island President on Saturday, April 27 at 2:30pm at the Carbondale Public Library, 405 West Main in Carbondale. WSIU and the Carbondale Public Library are co-sponsoring the screening.

Jerry Bush, Daily Egyptian Advertising Supervisor, and Jack Piatt, a graduate student in Professional Media & Media Management Studies at SIU Carbondale, will share climate change research in a discussion following the film.

The Island President lifts the issue of climate change out of the theoretical and into the personal. During his time as President of the Maldives, a nation of 1,200 low-lying islands threatened by rising sea levels, pro-democracy activist Mohamed Nasheed proved to be an unusually shrewd politician. Nasheed grasped that the only way he could stand up to the catastrophic issues of climate change facing his country was to take his cause to the world stage. NOTE: After the release of this film, President Nasheed resigned under threat of a police and military coup d’état in February 2012.

WSIU and the Carbondale Public Library will continue to host Community Cinema screenings at the library at 2:30pm on the last Saturday of each month through June.

For more information, contact Vickie Devenport at (618) 453-6148, or go online at

About Community Cinema

Community Cinema is a national civic engagement initiative of the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. The project brings to light unforgettable stories about unique individuals, underrepresented communities, or pivotal moments in history. It is the largest public interest outreach program in public or commercial television. Carbondale is among over 100 cities nationwide participating in the project. Community Cinema is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

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