'Plot for Peace', which premiered in London on December 9th, explains how a French businessman worked behind the scenes for peace in southern Africa. Rollo Ross reports.
Princess Michael of Kent may have seemed to be the big draw for the special screening of 'Plot for Peace' but the real star was French businessman Jean-Yves Ollivier. The film suggests that this unassuming man was working behind the scenes in African politics and changed the political landscape of southern Africa and goes on to explain how his actions contributed to the fall of apartheid and the release of Nelson Mandela. It also outlines that his actions were neither for political or financial reasons. SOUNDBITE French businessman, Jean-Yves Ollivier (English), saying: "Why? Because there was a problem and I had ways and means maybe to help and it was my duty to help - nothing else. It's just like being in front of a car accident. There is a car on the side of the road, there are wounded people, what do you do? You stop your car, you get out, you don't worry about whether you're going to dirty your pants or if the people who are waiting for you for dinner are going to wait for you for a long time. You don't even think of that. You do whatever you have to do to help and to assist. It's the only thing I've done, nothing else." For his work as an independent diplomat in southern Africa, Ollivier was made Grand Officer of the Order of Good Hope by Mandela himself for his role in ending apartheid. SOUNDBITE French businessman, Jean-Yves Ollivier (English) saying: "Mandela was the first person in the history of humankind who was able to unify the whole planet, institutions, individuals, government, people, everybody was attached to one cause. It shows us the way that today there are still causes you can be projecting for tomorrow that the whole planet and the whole of humankind will follow." If you want to find out more about Jean-Yves Ollivier, 'Plot for Peace' goes on release in the UK on March 14th.