Trinity’s ‘Plot for Peace,’ the Secret History of the End of Apartheid in South Africa to Open Theatrically in the U.S. in October
Indelible Media presents an African Oral History Production.
1987. Madela is in Jail. South Africa is at War. Enter, The Mysterious Mr. Jacques”
Nelson Mandela’s release was a plot for peace. An improbable key to Mandela’s prison cell was a mysterious French businessman, dubbed “Monsieur Jacques” in classified correspondence. His real name was Jean-Yves Ollivier. His trade secret was trust. Now for the first time, his story is told in the documentary thriller, PLOT FOR PEACE.
In the mid-1980s, township violence raged in South Africa and one of the Cold War’s most vicious proxy conflicts devastated Angola. “Total onslaught” was writ large across the horizon. It was then that a foreign commodity trader with connections to all stakeholders in the region became the lifeline for top-secret contacts. To build trust, he organized a vast prisoners’ exchange that opened the road for Mandela’s eventual release. A year later, in 1988, South Africa’s forces and 50,000 Cuban troops began withdrawing from Angola. In John LeCarré style, the land of apartheid and the front line states came out of the Cold War long before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Within fourteen months, Mandela walked out of jail – a free man and, soon, South Africa’s first democratically elected President.
In PLOT FOR PEACE, the protagonists of this high-risk venture – African heads of state, battle-tested generals, international diplomats, secret operatives, and anti-apartheid icons such as Winnie Mandela and Thabo Mbeki – recount the true story of how the front line states brought an end to apartheid and Ollivier’s remarkable hidden contributions to this historic transformation. Ollivierunwinds the documentary’s narrative thread inside the labyrinth of Southern Africa. He is the lens through which PLOT FOR PEACE finds its focus and leads us through a rugged landscape of moral dilemmas. To Mbeki and militants for transparency, Ollivier was a sanctions buster, a secret go-between, a French spy. For Winnie Mandela and Mozambique’s former President Chissano, Ollivier was a trusted friend and a man of bold vision. Ollivier received high honors from both the last stalwart of apartheid, P.W. Botha and the first president of the new South Africa, Nelson Mandela.
Theatrical Release Schedule
Talent is scheduled to appear at select screenings TBA for Q&A’s.
New York City – Village East Cinema
Fairfax, VA – Angelica Film Center and Cafe at Mosaic
Washington DC – Angelica Pop Up
Los Angeles – Sundance Sunset Cinema, West Hollywood
San Francisco – Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema
Plus, more cities to be announced.