Jimmy Carter Man from Plains Review

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A chronicle of the former president's tour recent for his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."


The central premise of Jonathan Demme’s documentary is that the US made a big mistake in not re-electing Jimmy Carter, as so many of his policies were ahead of their time. But in following the 83 year-old on a tour promoting his book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, Demme is too often guilty of trivialising complex issues and canonising Carter. The former President is eloquently unflinching, and the mixed response that Carter’s far-from-original thesis elicits is fascinating, especially the hysterical accusations of anti-Semitism. Yet such gritty political in-fighting is largely suffocated by Demme’s unquestioning admiration.

A fine film but Demme's adoration for his protagonist is a distraction.