“Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace” to Air in Special Screening on WLIW21 New York - Wednesday, September 26, 7PM

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President Shimon Peres endorses "Back Door Channels" and the film's message of peace and diplomacy as the key to a viable future for the Middle East.

On a recent vist to Israel, Leon Charney met with President of the State of Israel Shimon Peres.

Leon Charney (R) in conversation with President Shimon Peres (L)

Shimon Peres is the most vibrant peace maker today, constantly striving for peace with each action and word...His endorsement of 'Back Door Channels' and its message is an endorsement for peace, diplomacy and a viable future for the Middle East.

The multi-award winning documentary film “Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace” will be available to the New York metro area September 26 at 7pm in a special screening on WLIW21.

“Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace,” based on the book of the same title written by Leon H. Charney, reveals the true story of the men who acted largely behind the scenes during the historic peace process between Israel and Egypt in 1979.

Told through personal accounts by key political and military figures that were there, the film features a powerhouse cast including Menachem Begin, Anwar El-Sadat and President Jimmy Carter among others. Some of these men were driven by deeply held ideas of faith and conviction, others were former military hawks who came to see peace as the region’s only viable option, while some viewed peace and stability in the Middle East in terms of business. Regardless of motives, these key players found common ground in their desire to forge a peace that has become the cornerstone of stability in the Middle East.

Nearly 40 years after the historical events of the Camp David peace accords, Charney, a prominent member of the film’s cast, remains with his finger on the pulse of the Middle East. On a recent visit to Israel, Charney met with President Shimon Peres – an advocate for Back Door Channels and its message of peace. “Shimon Peres is the most vibrant peace maker today, constantly striving for peace with each action and word,” Charney said. “His endorsement of 'Back Door Channels' and its message is an endorsement for peace, diplomacy and a viable future for the Middle East.”

“We are thrilled to share 'Back Door Channels' with our fellow New Yorkers,” said Matthew Tollin, Executive Producer and former executive of NYC Media Group. “This is one of the most important films on television this year considering the world’s political turbulence. A greater knowledge and appreciation of the past is imperative for a better understanding of what’s happening today.”

“WLIW21 is proud to bring 'Back Door Channels' to our viewers in the tri-state area” said John Servidio, WLIW21’s General Manager. “It’s the kind of thoughtful, engaging programming that audiences look to public media to provide.”

“Back Door Channels” was released in U.S. theaters last year, premiering at New York’s Lincoln Center. In its review of the film, Variety called “Back Door Channels” “reveting” and “enthralling”. The film has been screened at festivals around the world including the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, the Monte Carlo Film Festival and International Jewish Film Festival, among others. The TV edition of Back Door Channels has been running on PBS affiliate stations nationwide including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

About Channel Production Films
Channel Production Films is an independent production company 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. http://www.channelproductionfilms.com

About WLIW21
WLIW 21 is the third most-watched public television station in the nation, WLIW 21 reaches nearly 1.5 million households each week throughout New York City’s five boroughs, Long Island, Westchester, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Its programming and outreach services reflect the core values that drive public television: life-long learning, in-depth exploration, quality entertainment, and community engagement. For more information, please visit http://www.wnet.org

What the press is saying about Back Door Channels:
“The film reminds us what it takes to resolve the seemingly unresolvable.” –New York Times
“Riveting … Enthralling.” – Variety
“ … will leave audiences long captivated and well-educated.” – Jewish Scene

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