Winner of the People’s Choice Documentary Award at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, this film by Jon Shenk explores efforts by the president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed to raise awareness about the potential impact of climate change on his small island nation. Over 80 per cent of the country is less than one meter above sea level, and should melting polar ice caps cause ocean levels to rise, as scientific models predict, the result would be catastrophic.

The Island President screens tonight at the RPL Theatre at 9 p.m. Here’s the trailer: