“Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace” Premieres in Canada at Toronto Jewish Film Festival

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“Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace” will be screened at Toronto Jewish Film Festival on Sunday, April 14, 2013, 1PM at ROM Theatre and Tuesday, April 16, 5:15PM at Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Cinemas in Toronto.

Begin, Carter and Sadat

'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.

“Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace” will be screened at Toronto Jewish Film Festival on Sunday, April 14, 2013, 1PM at ROM Theatre and Tuesday, April 16, 5:15PM at Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Cinemas in Toronto.

The multi-award-winning documentary film “Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace,” based on the book written by Leon H. Charney, reveals the true story of the men who acted largely behind the process leading to the 1979 Camp David Peace Accords and the Treaty between Egypt and Israel.

The film takes the audience behind the public veil obscured by the first of its kind White House issued media blackout on the events. Although Menachem Begin, Anwar El-Sadat and Jimmy Carter were the strategic geniuses who crafted the treaty, it was the men behind-the-scenes, largely negotiator Leon Charney, who were instrumental in encouraging adversaries to come together in order to broke the deal. “‘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”, Charney said.

“‘Back Door Channels’ is one of my favorite films in the festival this year,” said Helen Zukerman, Artistic Director for the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, “having a ‘behind the scenes’ look at historical events is important, and the humanity of the ending was especially touching. One can only hope that present day ‘behind the scenes’ result in positive outcomes.”

“We are honored that ‘Back Door Channels’ has been included in the Toronto Jewish Film Festival,” said Harry Hunkele, director. “The achievements of the 1970s are an important reminder that bold leadership, combined with the initiatives of determined people committed to resolving conflict, can lead to peace.”

“Back Door Channels” was released in U.S. theaters last year, premiering at New York City’s Lincoln Center. In its review of the film, ‘Variety’ called the film “riveting” and enthralling”. The film has been screened at festivals around the world including: Abu Dhabi Film Festival, the Monte Carlo Film Festival, Jerusalem International Film Festival and Atlantic Jewish Film Festival among others. It’s the premiere screening in Canada at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival (http://tjff.com/film-info.php?id=1071&sortby=&filterby). “Back Door Channel” trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35p28jHwckg.

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 Toronto Jewish Film Festival
The Toronto Jewish Film Festival is the world’s largest Jewish film festival, presenting the best in international feature films, documentaries and shorts on themes of Jewish culture and identity. The Toronto Jewish Film Festival will celebrate its 21st season from April 11th through the 21st 2013, when it will offer over 90 films representing more than 15 countries. http://www.tjff.com

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