Plot For Peace (PG)
Directors: Carlos Agullo, Mandy Jacobson
Starring: Jean-Yves Ollivier, Winnie Mandela, Joaquim Chissano, Thabo Mbeki
South Africa, 2013, 1 hour 24 minutes, French, Spanish, Portugese, Afikaans with subtitles
A fascinating glimpse into the behind the scenes negotiations that built trust between the apartheid regime and neighbouring countries determined to bring about change in South Africa. It’s the extraordinary story of the mysterious Jean-Yves Olivier, sanction busting businessman and trusted go-between, who played a key role in the dismantling of apartheid and the release of Nelson Mandela. For the first time, heads of state, generals, diplomats, master spies and anti-apartheid fighters bears vivid testimony to how the shadowy “Monsieur Jacques” became the improbable key to Mandela’s prison cell, helping to bring about regional peace and the end of racial discrimination in South Africa. He was the first man ever to be given South Africa’s highest honour by President P.W. Botha and Nelson Mandela.