Nashville Film Festival: The Island President

Nashville Film Festival: The Island President is in the past.

The 2013 Nashville Film Festival (NAFF), April 18-25, will feature two events involving Lipscomb University: a panel discussion at the Saturday, April 20, 3 p.m. screening of The Island President, featuring Lipscomb University Institute for Sustainable Practice Executive Director Dodd Galbreath and a screening of the feature film The Guerilla Son, sponsored by Lipscomb University's College of Arts and Sciences and hosted by the HumanDocs Film Series.

About The Guerilla Son, April 21 & 22

Twenty-three years after being abandoned by his father Taher, Zanyar is still afraid to confront him with these questions: How could he leave his son in the midst of a war and then send him to Sweden alone? The father does all he can to forget his past, but he can’t hide it anymore. Any day now, Zanyar will become a father himself and there is no time like the present. Together they will return to Iraq.

There are two opportunities to see The Guerilla Son at the Green Hills Cinema: on Sunday, April 21 at 2:30 p.m., and on Monday, April 22, at 12:45 p.m.

The Guerilla Son is part of the NAFF Celebration of Kurdish Film, featuring 15 Kurdish films from the Duhok Film Festival in Iraq, two panel discussions featuring Kurdish filmmakers and a Celebration of Kurdish Films closing night party on Sunday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. This 3-day festival features dignitaries and filmmakers from the Kurdish Region of Iraq, film from Kurdish filmmakers, panel discussions and a master class led by members of the Academy’s International Outreach Committee.

Tickets to NAFF films are $12, and tickets to the Celebration of Kurdish Film closing night party cost $35. to purchase tickets, go to http://www.nashvillefilmfestival.org/buy-ticket/.

About The Island President, April 20, 3 p.m.

Jon Shenk’s The Island President is 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. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable.

Lipscomb University Institute for Sustainable Practice Executive Director Dodd Galbreath will be a panelist at a discussion Saturday, April 20, after the 3 p.m. screening of The Island President at the Green Hills Cinema. This film and dicussion is presented free of charge by ITVS Community Cinema and NPT, both partners with Lipscomb’s HumanDocs Film Series.