Jimmy Carter will be in Toronto for the screening of the new Jonathan Demme doc “Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains,” but it’s uncertain if the doc will give him a boost ala Al Gore and “An Inconvenient Truth.”
The documentary follows the former president around on his book tour for “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” which rattled some Jewish leaders as anti-Israel, particularly in the title’s suggestion that the situation could be equated with South Africa. Alan Dershowitz claimed that he has a “bias” against Israel. Carter spent much time defending the book and its title, even to the point of facing one caller to a C-SPAN program (below) who called him an anti-Semite. “For people to say that I am against Israel… or to suggest that I am an anti-Semite, is something that I reject with enthusiasm.”
In Janurary, Demme was stymied in his efforts to follow Carter around when Brandeis University refused the filmmakers’ access to an appearance by Carter before a student gathering.
It’s expected that the pic will focus on Carter’s peacemaking efforts, as it was once titled “He Comes in Peace.” The various controversies surrounding the book are bound to come up again when Carter faces the Toronto crowd in as Q&A forum.
Variety’s Anne Thompson has details of the pic, to debut at the Venice Film Festival before its Toronto screening.