Roger Ebert reviews Jimmy Carter Man From Plains

Chicago Sun Times

Jimmy Carter could be sitting in the shade, watching his peanuts grow, but at 83, he maintains a ceaseless schedule of travel, speeches, talk-show appearances and meetings, most devoted to his obsession with peace in the Middle East. Jonathan Demme’s documentary, “Jimmy Carter Man From Plains,” shows a man whose beliefs, both political and religious, seem to reinvigorate him; he even carries his own luggage in airports and hotels.

Demme, a skilled documentarian as well as a considerable feature director (“Silence of the Lambs,” “Philadelphia”), follows Carter in late 2006 on a tour to promote his newest book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. The former president, who brokered the famous Camp David handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, believes there will never be peace in the region if the two sides do not talk and eventually agree, and throughout the tour, he is picketed and challenged by pro-Israel demonstrators, who especially dislike his use of the word “apartheid.” We get the feeling he might have chosen another word if he’d realized how that one would upstage rational discussion about his book.

Had Carter used any other word the enormity of what the Israelis are doing would not penetrate. There is no way you can tell the truth about the Middle East without raising a storm. Those who wish to wage peace must be prepared to face this storm.

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