PLOT FOR PEACE + Q&A with Jean-Yves Ollivier

Dir: Mandy Jacobson & Carlos Agulló
South Africa / 2013 / 83mins


Date: Mon 10 March, 2014
Time: 20:00
Price: £10 (£9 conc)
There are currently no screenings of this film.

Behind the legendary release of Nelson Mandela and the fall of apartheid lies an untold, secret history, involving heads of state, international diplomats and secret service operatives. This high-risk 'plot for peace' was the work of French businessman Jean Yves Ollivier – alias "Monsieur Jacques".

In the mid-1980s Jean Yves Ollivier, a foreign commodity trader, dedicated himself to helping the country transition peacefully out of apartheid, using his diplomatic skills, personal relationships and ingenuity to unite South Africa's neighbouring states in this common goal.

With the pace and intrigue of a spy thriller, Plot for Peace brings together generals, diplomats, master spies and anti-apartheid icons such as Winnie Mandela and ANC leader Thabo Mbeki, to recount the true story of how the frontline states put paid to apartheid. Convinced to come forward by co-director Mandy Jacobson after she discovered his involvement, "Monsieur Jacques" steps out of the shadows for the first time, bearing vivid testimony to the behind-the-scenes bargaining, intrigue and crises that he engineered, and which were instrumental in bringing about regional peace and the end of racial discrimination.

We will joined by Jean-Yves Ollivier and co-directors Mandy Jacobson & Carlos Agulló for a post-screening Q&A.

The Q&A will be chaired by Audrey Brown, a South African journalist and host of the BBC's flagship radio news and current affairs programme – Focus on Africa and monthly  Africa Debate.

"Plot for Peace is one of those unique films which manage to inform, educate and entertain, all the while raising the little hairs on your arm" - The Huffington Post

Winner: Special Jury Prize, Palm Springs International Festival 2014

Winner: International Documentary Award, Galway Film Fleadh 2013

Official Selection: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013