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Plot for Peace (2013)

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A documentary that reveals the untold story of apartheid's fall, and the mysterious French businessman who was instrumental in Nelson Mandela's release from jail.


Stephen Smith
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Yves Ollivier Jean-Yves Ollivier ... Jean-Yves Ollivier, aka 'Monsieur Jacques'
Winnie Mandela ... ANC activist, South Africa
Thabo Mbeki Thabo Mbeki ... Former President, South Africa
Matthews Phosa Matthews Phosa ... ANC activist, South Africa (as Mathews Phosa)
Pik Botha Pik Botha ... Minister of Foreign Affairs, South Africa (as Roelof 'Pik' Botha)
Joaquim Chissano Joaquim Chissano ... Former President, Mozanbique
Neels Van Tonder Neels Van Tonder ... Head of Military Intelligence, South Africa (as General Van Tonder)
Jacinto Veloso Jacinto Veloso ... Minister of Security and Cooperation, Mozambique
Michael Ledeen ... National Security Council, USA
Rusty Evans Rusty Evans ... Director-General of Foreign Affairs, South Africa (as Leo 'Rusty' Evans)
Denis Sassou-Nguesso Denis Sassou-Nguesso ... President, Congo-Brazzaville
Chester Crocker Chester Crocker ... Assistant Secretary of State, USA
Jean-Christophe Mitterrand Jean-Christophe Mitterrand ... Presidential Advisor for African Affairs, France
Michel Roussin Michel Roussin ... Chief of Staff of Prime Minister Chirac, France
Odile Biyidi Odile Biyidi ... President of Survie [NGO], France


This is the untold story behind History, a well-kept secret behind the world-wide icon: Nelson Mandela's release was a Plot for Peace. For the first time, heads of state, generals, diplomats, master spies and anti-apartheid fighters reveal how Africa's front line states helped end apartheid. Their improbable key to Mandela's prison cell was a mysterious French businessman, dubbed "Monsieur Jacques" in classified correspondence. His trade secret was trust. Written by Indelible Media

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1987. Mandela is in jail. Southern Africa is at war. Enter, the mysterious "Mr. Jacques"


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Some of the border war footage was unearthed in the former South African Defence Force's buried archives. Much of it had never been publicly aired. See more »


Written and published by Antony Partos
Performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
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Profile of the Mysterious 'Fixer' Who Made a Significant Contribution Towards Forging Peace and the End of Apartheid in South Africa
7 June 2014 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

PLOT FOR PEACE profiles Jean-Yves Olivier, aka "Monsieur Jacques," a French business person who helped bring about peace in Africa during the Eighties as well as hastening the move towards the end of apartheid in South Africa in the mid-Nineties. Growing up in Algeria at the end of French colonial rule, Olivier understood the importance of negotiation rather than war as a means to solve disputes, if only to ensure the survival of different peoples; this was especially important in South Africa if the white community was going to survive in the post-apartheid era. Although not a politician, Olivier's greatest gift was the ability to be able to talk to the leaders of different political factions in Africa - in Angola, Mozambique, Namibia as well as South Africa - and persuade them to enter into negotiations, in which they would all achieve their aims, but would also work towards peace without losing face. Olivier acts as our narrator, talking direct to camera, with the help of reminiscences from many of the major players involved, including Winnie Mandela, and former South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha. To be honest, the plot does get a little complicated at times - it is often difficult to identify all the leaders and the factions they represent. But Olivier comes across as someone prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to secure peace: many of his trips criss-crossing the African continent were undertaken at his own expense. With hindsight it is perhaps sad that no similar person took responsibility for trying to end long-standing conflicts in other parts of the world - for example in Israel and Palestine. Although they might not have succeeded, they would have at least deserved some credit for trying.

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31 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Johannesburg, South Africa See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,554, 2 November 2014

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