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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
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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