With the pace and intrigue of a spy thriller, Plot for Peace tells the extraordinary story of the French businessman - Jean-Yves Ollivier - who worked behind the scenes to unite South Africa's neighbouring states against racial division.
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.