February 26, 2013


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Environmental Center's spring Green Screens film series continues with the film, "The Island President," on Tuesday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Theatre.

Admission to the film is $2 per person. The Campus Theatre is located at 413 Market Street in Lewisburg.

"The Island President," a 2011 documentary by Jon Shenk, relates the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives. After bringing democracy to the Maldives, Nasheed faced an even greater challenge: a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1,200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable.

"The Island President" captures Nasheed's first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where he emerged as one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change. On Feb. 7, 2012, Nasheed resigned under the threat of violence in a coup d'etat.

A panel discussion will follow the film screening, moderated by Peter Wilshusen, who is the David and Patricia Ekedahl Professor of Environmental Studies at Bucknell and the executive director of the Environmental Center.

Other films scheduled in the Green Screens series are:

April 2: "Black Gold," a 2006 documentary directed by Marc and Nick Francis, explores the international coffee trade and its ramifications for Ethiopian coffee farmers. The film includes footage of the New York Board of Trade, scenes shot at the first Starbucks and the World Barista Championship at the 2005 Specialty Coffee Association of America conference in Seattle, and at a café and the Illy coffee company in Trieste, Italy. These scenes stand in stark contrast to the footage of the impoverished conditions faced by the farmers and their families. The screening is sponsored by Weis Markets. A pre-film reception featuring fair-trade products, sponsored by the BUEC, will begin at 7 p.m.

April 23: "Burning in the Sun," a 2010 documentary by Cambria Matlow and Morgan Robinson, relates the story of 26-year-old Daniel Dembélé who returns to his homeland in Mali to start a local business building solar panels, the first of its kind in the sun-drenched nation. Dina El-Mogazi, director of the BUEC Campus Greening Initiative, will lead a post-screening discussion.

In a related event, a Renewable Energy Workshop will be held at Bucknell on April 27. More details will be forthcoming.

For more information, see www.bucknell.edu/x2250.xml, email environmental.center@bucknell.edu or call the Environmental Center at 570-577-1490.

Contact: Division of Communications