Plot for Peace
HP Bridging the Borders Special Jury Award
Monday, January 13, 10:00 AM
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Plot for Peace
South Africa, 2013, 84 Minute Running Time
Topics: Documentary, Political
Program: True Stories
Language: English English Sub-Titles
The death of Nelson Mandela unleashed a torrent of tributes and reminiscences – but not many secrets.
In the fascinating documentary Plot for Peace, the French businessman Jean-Yves Ollivier lets out a doozy. Turns out that throughout the 1980s, this rather nondescript man traveled up-and-down the African continent, and back-and-forth to Europe with the goal of brokering a peace between warring African factions and Cold War combatants; in so doing, he made way for the end of apartheid in South Africa. That he succeeded at all is extremely impressive; the fact that he did so without diplomatic credentials and in virtual secrecy verges on the miraculous.
How did Ollivier manage to win the trust of African’s most bitter enemies? The only man to receive highest honors by both the last stalwart of apartheid, P.W. Botha, and the first President of the new South Africa, Nelson Mandela, Ollivier proves that his skills as a businessman and negotiator may be surpassed by his one true calling: that of master storyteller.Winner: Jury and Audience Awards, Galway, São Paolo, and Hamptons Film Festivals
Filmmaker(s) attending: Director, Composer
DIRECTOR: Carlos Agulló
Producer: Mandy Jacobson
Editor: Carlos Agulló
Screenwriter: Stephen Smith
Cinematographer: Rita Noriega, Diego Ollivier
Music: Antony Partos
Principal Cast: Jean-Yves Ollivier, Thabo Mbeki, Pik Botha, Winnie Mandela, Chester Crocker
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Wide House
Official Film Website