Behind The Scenes At “Plot For Peace”.


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Plot for Peace is the title of director Carlos Agulló’s documentary. This film is currently touring international festivals, and just made a stop at Valladolid International film festival. Reviews are being very positive and this film has already won two awards. One at the Galway Festival and the other at the Hamptoms film festival.

But aside from cinematic review The story is structured around this film, created to be a political thriller, it has a very interesting approach to the South African conflict, the apartheid, and the liberation of one of the most iconic figures of  the XXI century: Nelson Mandela.

A character in the dark, that proved to be extremely important in the process of negotiations between leaders, states, and armed liberation groups. This character is the French businessman Jean-Yves Ollivier.

It was speculated that Mr. Ollivier could belong to secret services of several countries including the CIA (USA), the Mosad (Israel) and the DGSE  (France). The interests of such countries were not very clear to many.

At the time Algeria was gaining independence from France and simultaneously growing. Mr. Ollivier with much knowledge of armed conflict and Africa in general decides to get involved directly in the resolution of conflicts and boundaries that would eventually be a major step to end apartheid and the release of Nelson Mandela.

As the film narrates the story of the South African conflict must be understood in a global sense, in a sense when cold war tensions still existed and very present. It would take several pages to to properly narrate, but in short the situation in South Africa was very complicated. South Africa was an open racist regime, and had military presence in Namibia. In Namibia they were trying to stop communist Angola from advancing. On the east side Mozambique another pro-Soviet regime posted a threat.

The film continues as Mr.Ollivier approaches positions that for his time were impossible to perceive. At a time when parallel diplomacy was very new and almost unheard of.

There are two moments key the to end of apartheid. One is the international embargo imposed on South Africa that Mr. Ollivier does not have much concern, since according to him the blockade only affected South Africans. The other time was the exchange of Angolan hostages for the South African commander Du Toit. This in turn led to an understanding that allowed the withdrawal of troops from Namibia and the march of some 50,000 cuban troops from Angola.

Finally this release of pressure in the regions gave favorable circumstances that would allow South Africa to be taken over by the moderates. These moderates would eventually end apartheid and allow the liberation of Nelson Mandela. For more details step into theaters in 2014 to see the untold story of parallel diplomacy. A story that anyone interested in international relations should know.

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