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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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