Feature Presentation: Aa evidenced by
footage from the 2006 publicity tour accompanying his
controversial polemic about the Middle East, “Palestine:
Peace Not Apartheid,” Jimmy Carter, at 83, remains tireless in his
humanitarianism. Whether he’s arousing the ire of unflappable Israel defender
Alan Dershowitz with his pleas for Palestinian autonomy or building homes for
Habitat for Humanity, the former president follows his conscience with the
vigor of a much younger man, and rarely backs down even when savaged by
critics as anti-Semitic and intellectually dishonest. Jonathan Demme’s Jimmy
Carter Man From Plains takes a reverential look at the
man, and if his unhurriedly paced documentary has a sometimes hagiographical
feel, that hardly compromises his portrait of a man whose stubborn integrity is as
endearing as his unpretentious persona.
Bonus Materials: Demme, who provides a commentary track, is particularly generous with deleted
scnes, which offer a revealing glimpse into Carter's upbringing in rural Georgia, which taught him racial understanding from
childhood, and his unwavering support of the civil rights movement.