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MIPTV Picks 2012: Back Door Channels

The Middle East peace process has been marked with highs and lows throughout its history, and such volatility, sadly, shows no signs of abating. Thus, protecting what billionaire and 'back door channel' Leon Charney refers to as "the lost art of diplomacy" is all the more important in the WikiLeaks era.
March 23, 2012

The Middle East peace process has been marked with highs and lows throughout its history, and such volatility, sadly, shows no signs of abating. Thus, protecting what billionaire and ‘back door channel’ Leon Charney refers to as “the lost art of diplomacy” – shrouded by necessity in secret communications and liaisons – is all the more important in the WikiLeaks era. This film, featuring interviews with such integral figures as Jimmy Carter and Henry Kissinger, takes a detailed look at how diplomatic channels influenced and propelled the peace process towards the Camp David Accords and the peace treaty of 1979. While those events may be in the recent past, in the tumultuous wake of the Arab Spring, they carry remarkable resonance today.

Partners: Produced by Channel Production Films; distributed by Solid Entertainment (international), Fisher Klingenstein Films (U.S./theatrical)

Airing: Q1 2012 (PBS)

Length: 1 x 50 minutes, 1 x 96 minutes

Rights available: All broadcast rights except North America

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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