Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace Uncut Director’s Version Now Available on DVD

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Documentary film featuring Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Menachem Begin, Anwar El-Sadat, Leon Charney and Boutros Boutros-Ghali released on DVD.

Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace DVD

It’s beautiful that an artist like Madonna is making a statement about World Peace during the Super Bowl. What would be even more beautiful is obtaining world peace and that’s possible today for the first real time in thirty years.

During the first weeks of 2012, representatives of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood were quoted as saying, “(We) will not recognize Israel under any circumstances…. and will put the peace treaty with the Jewish State up to a referendum.” The film "Back Door Channels" highlights the necessity of using 'back door channels' to avoid further deterioration of the current crisis in the Middle East. And now the full Director’s cut is available on DVD.

Tracing the confluence of factors that led to the Camp David Accords and ensuing peace treaty of 1979, the film examines not only the powerful personalities - Menachem Begin, Anwar El-Sadat, and Jimmy Carter - that drove the peace process, but also the secret liaisons, communications, and third-party world leaders who played important yet seldom understood roles in forging the peace agreement that has become the cornerstone of stability in the Middle East.

In its review of the film, Variety called “Back Door Channels” "riveting" and "enthralling." The New York Times said, "The film reminds us what it takes to resolve the seemingly unresolvable.” Back Channel “Leon Charney practically jump-started the final round of talks.” The film was produced by multi-Emmy award-winning team Matthew Tollin, Arick Wierson and director, Harry Hunkele.

Billionaire businessman Leon Charney, featured in the film as a "back channel" says, “We now live in a world where Wikileaks and the internet make it nearly impossible to negotiate using secret diplomacy. ‘Back Door Channels’ is an important reminder that peace can be achieved not through guns and bombs but through the lost art of diplomacy and the necessary secrecy involved.”

In the film, Jimmy Carter reveals “the basis for a comprehensive peace is there.” He further relays that if President Barack Obama takes his personal ‘back channel’ advice, “then we can have peace.”

Matthew Tollin, the film’s producer, said, “It is a dream fulfilled getting ‘Back Door Channels’ to the big screen and to have the Director’s cut released on DVD. It’s beautiful that an artist like Madonna is making a statement about World Peace during the Super Bowl. What would be even more beautiful is obtaining world peace and that’s possible today for the first real time in thirty years.”

Danny Fisher, former CEO of City Lights Media and now CEO of distributor Fisher Klingenstein Films said, “We are pleased to make ‘Back Door Channels’ the first theatrical release of our new company and one of our most important DVD releases. The film is incredibly timely given the current upheavals in Egypt, Libya, Syria and literally all over the Middle East and delivers a powerful message about the value of diplomacy.”

Back Door Channels was released in theaters Fall 2011 and is currently screening on PBS stations around the nation. Insiders praised Back Door Channels as likely to make the short list for an Academy Award nomination.

About Fisher Klingenstein Films
Fisher Klingenstein Films is a new film acquisition and distribution company led by veteran producer/financiers Danny Fisher, Jack Fisher and Alan Klingenstein. The company has been actively acquiring films and television series for distribution in all media. Danny and Jack Fisher were the founders of noted film and television company City Lights Media. Alan Klingenstein, formerly head of Filbert Steps, has produced award-winning films such as the acclaimed “Trumbo.”

About Channel Production Films
Channel Production Films is an independent production company, founded by the Emmy award-winning team, Matthew Tollin and Arick Wierson, that built NYC Media Group in New York for Michael Bloomberg, leading it to a record 160 Emmy® nominations and 42 Emmy® awards in six years. The company is centered on the documentary film and television space and focuses on poignant and impactful stories of people and events, which have far-reaching, global repercussions yet relay an intimate human dimension.

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Limei Wang: limei(at)channelproductionfilms(dot)com | Channel Production Films


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