Documentary offers behind the scenes look at peace process

The Jewish Film Society will screen the documentary “Back Door Channels”  at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21 at the Jewish Community Center’s Arts & Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. 

The film is about the interplay between the official government channels and the men who acted largely behind the scenes during the peace process between Israel and Egypt. The film traces the confluence of factors that made the 1979 Peace Treaty between Israel and Egypt possible. 

The film posits that while some of the men, such as U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, were driven by deeply held faith and conviction, others were hawkish military men who came to see peace as the only viable option. Still others saw peace and stability in business terms. Together, the leaders found a way to come together and drive the peace process. 

The film is free to Jewish Film Society members and $8 for the general public. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information, contact Zelda Sparks [email protected].