Sneak Preview Screening: PLOT FOR PEACE (Nelson Mandela Shakuho no Shinjitsu) followed by a Q&A with
director Carlos Agulló and subject Jean-Yves Ollivier (Q&A in English and Japanese)
Thursday, April 10 at 7 pm
Multilingual with English-only subtitles
South Africa, 2013 84 minutes
Directors: Carlos Agulló and Mandy Jacobson
Producer: Mandy Jacobson
Screenwriter: Stephen Smith
Editor: Carlos Agulló
Film courtesy of Annie Planet
“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, alias “Monsieur Jacques,” who secretly set the dominoes in motion, ultimately leading to the birth of a new South Africa and Nelson Mandela’s release from jail.
You won’t have heard of Ollivier, and probably won’t remember many of the events replayed here in horrific newsreels. You also likely won’t recall all the heads of state, generals, diplomats, master spies and anti-apartheid fighters who appear in the film - except perhaps Winnie Mandela - talking us carefully through the maze of African politics of the time, clarifying events and roles in their frontline efforts to help end apartheid.
“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.
Please join us for this sneak preview of the “Plot for Peace” before the film’s theatrical release in Japan on April 12.
Director-editor CARLOS AGULLO worked as an assistant editor on “The Sea Inside” by Alejandro Amenábar, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. He has been editor for other award-winning Spanish directors, such as “Back to Moira” by Mateo Gil, “Planet 51” by Jorge Blanco, “Historia de un Director Idiota” by Sergio Candel, “For the Good of others” by Oskar Santos and the TV series “Crematorio” by Jorge Sánchez Cabezudo. He has also directed his own short films, including “The Gift,” “The Wait,” “Ana Cronia,” “Pizza Eli” and “Next Station.”
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.
Please make your reservations at the FCCJ Reception Desk (3211-3161) or register below. You may attend the Q&A session without attending the screening, but you will not have seating priority. Please reserve in advance, still & TV cameras inclusive. All movie screenings are private, noncommercial events primarily for FCCJ members and their guests.
Karen Severns, Movie Committee