Director: Mandy Jacobson, Carlos Agulló / Switzerland / 2013 / 84m / Languages: English, French, Portuguese, Afrikaans, Spanish / Subtitle: English
Selection: 2014 7 I Human Rights FF, 35 Durban IFF, Berkshire IFF, Doca VIV IFF, Doxa Doc FF, Gijon IFF Awards: 2014 (Jury) First Mention at Argentina’s prestigious FF, (Jury) 25 Palm Springs IFF, (Best Doc) 37 Mostra IFF 2013 (Brizzolara Family Foundation) Hamptons IFF, (Best I Ft Doc) 25th Galway F Fleadh
Plot For Peace is a documentary thriller that tells an untold story behind the secret events leading up to the end of apartheid and ultimately the release of Nelson Mandela. To some, such as South Africa’s former President Thabo Mbeki, Jean-Yves Ollivier (alias “Monsieur Jacques”) was a mysterious businessman and sanctions buster or a French spy. For others, such as Winnie Mandela and Mozambique’s former President Joaquim Chissano, he was a trusted friend and a man of bold vision. For the first time it is revealed how “Monsieur Jacques” positioned himself to be the improbable key to Mandela’s prison cell. Stepping out of the shadows, “Monsieur Jacques” navigates the behind-the-scenes bargaining and intrigue that he engineered to bring about regional peace and the end of racial discrimination in South Africa.