Low-Lying Maldives Subject of Film

On Saturday, Feb. 4, beginning at 5 p.m. the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival is hosting the last installment of its winter film series.

The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a meal by Chris Fischer of Beetlebung Farm cooking up a farm-to-table community meal. There will also be music to dine by plus a series of short films for kids (see featured kid critic for short film reviews).

At 6:30 p.m. the tables are set for feasting again in preparation for the documentary film, The Island President.

This documentary tells the story of Mohamed Nasheed, the president of the Maldives, who after leading a 20-year pro-democracy movement against the brutal regime of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, has to contend with an even greater adversary — the ocean.

The Maldives are considered the lowest lying country in the world and the current sea level rise due to global climate change has put the 1,200- island archipelago in danger of being submerged.

This film begins at 7 p.m.

The kids’ films are free for MVFF members and $5 for nonmembers. Dinner is $5 for kids and $10 for adults.

Tickets for the Island President are $6 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Tickets are available at the door, as well as memberships.

For more information, call 508-645-9599, or visit tmvff.org.