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'Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains' (2007)

Book tours for former Commanders-in-Chief are usually fawning affairs – no one told that, apparently, to Jimmy Carter. Demme's doc chronicles the promotional rounds our 39th president underwent for his 2006 tome Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, in which he laid much of the blame for Middle Eastern discord at the feet of Israel. Unsurprisingly, that opinion didn’t please many in the international community, and the movie follows Carter as he faces his critics on tour, leading to provocative, enthralling debate about the future of the region. Most folks would have simply turned this into a long promo piece; Demme, wisely, goes for bigger game here, letting this portrait double as a look at ways the media reduces complicated arguments into simplistic sound bites. TG