A fascinating account of off-the-books diplomacy in the 1980’s, Plot for Peace is that rare documentary that both augments the historical record and is paced like a thriller.
“Plot” tells the little-known tale of Jean-Yves Ollivier, a French commodities trader who made his fortune doing business, he says, in “difficult countries” — including the internationally shunned South Africa. In 1981 he concluded that apartheid was unsustainable and began to use his contacts to help make sure its end came peacefully.
Directors: Carlos Agulló and Mandy Jacobson.
South Africa, 2014, 84min.
English, French, Portuguese, Afrikaans, Spanish with English subtitles.
Thursday, May 7th, 6:30pm (Q&A with Jean-Yves Ollivier and Mandy Jacobson).
Walter Reade Theater, Film Society of Lincoln Centre.