South African production house Indelible Media in association with The African Oral History Archive and Rezo Films, the official distributors of the film – saw the Premier of PLOT FOR PEACE – a character driven documentary about a mysterious Frenchman whose dealings influenced the many changes that occurred on the African Continent.
Produced and co-directed by Emmy Award winner Mandy Jacobson, alongside Carlos Agullό, the film exclusively uncovers one of the behind-the-scenes stories around the release of Nelson Mandela, and the role of the mysterious French businessman, who utilized his networks to drive key meetings amongst heads of state and influencers to broker peace. between South Africa and its neighboring “front-line states” – thus paving the way for the dramatic fall of apartheid.
The documentary features candid interviews with the key figures of the time including the former First Lady of South Africa, Winnie Mandela; Thabo Mbeki, former President of South Africa; Pik Botha, former Foreign Minister; and ‘Monsieur Jacques’ himself, Jean-Yves Ollivier.
Ivor Ichikowitz, Chairman of the Ichikowitz Family Foundation and Funder of the African Oral History Archive commented:
“The inspiration for this film emerged from hundreds of hours of original testimony around the liberation of South Africa gathered by the African Oral History Archive. The film has taken from this content and brought one of the great-unknown historical stories to life.”