Plot for Peace

Category: Others
Location: Japan/Tokyo
Abstract: "Plot For Peace," which has been quietly picking up awards on the international festival circuit, is history retold as political thriller, a riveting documentary that reveals the untold story of apartheid's fall, focusing on the mysterious French businessman Jean-Yves Ollivier.
Description: Jean-Yves Ollivier, alias "Monsieur Jacques," secretly set the dominoes in motion, ultimately leading to the birth of a new South Africa and Nelson Mandela's release from jail. "In 1981, arriving in South Africa felt like visiting another planet, like an American movie from the 1950s," says Ollivier in his no-holds-barred narration for the film. "I wondered how the whites did not realize that, unless they changed and accepted to share the country, they were headed for disaster." The "regional battlefield" that was a result of the ANC cells that set up in neighboring states, along with the international embargo on trade with Botha's regime, were crimping Ollivier's commodities business. So he decided to do something about it. Dubbing himself a "free electron," he dared to fly (via Paris) from one neighboring African nation to another for nearly a decade on his own dime, mediating between the Marxist-Leninists in Mozambique and Angola, the apartheid supporters, the French and the Americans. In the end, as "Plot for Peace" reveals, Ollivier's tireless behind-the scenes negotiations eventually rewrote Africa's future. But we didn't know how we got there - until now. JEAN-YVES OLLIVIER is an Algiers-born French businessman who worked primarily in the commodities sector in emerging markets from the 1960s onward. He has also been active as a diplomat for many years, using his personal relationships with heads of states to facilitate mediation and peace processes in Africa. In 1987, Ollivier received the Order of Good Hope from South African Foreign Minister Roelof "Pik" Botha. In 1995, he was elevated to Grand Officer of the Order of Good Hope by President Nelson Mandela for his role in ending Apartheid. Ollivier also holds the title of "Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur" and "Chevalier de l' Ordre National du Mérite" in France, as well as the title of "Commandeur de l'Ordre de Mérite Congolais" in Congo Brazzaville, and "Grand Officier de l‘Étoile d' Anjouan" in Comoros.

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