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“to inform, educate and entertain, all while raising hairs on your arm”
Who: Jean-Yves Ollivier, French businessman and parallel diplomat who was the mediator between many conflicted African parties in the late ‘80s. He was an advisor on African Affairs to Paris Mayor Jacques Chirac who facilitated negotiations of the Brazzaville Protocol on December 13, 1988. This happened through years of meetings with African heads of state—and President Reagan. Ollivier paved the way to end South African apartheid that brought about the release of Nelson Mandela.
What: This week and next, Jean-Yves Ollivier will be in NYC and East Hampton for the Hamptons Film Festival as he accepts the award for “Best Conflict & Resolution Film” for the brand new documentary, Plot for Peace, concerning what transpired in 1988. On Sunday, he is integral in a deep-discussion panel following the screening.
When: Friday, October 11th – Tuesday, October 15th
Where: New York NY; offices of RLM PR 260 Madison Avenue @ 38th Street NYC
Why: Jean-Yves Ollivier is the unspoken hero of South Africa, whose years-long efforts in facilitating the Brazzaville Protocol brought an end to the storied history of apartheid. In the award-winning documentary, Plot for Peace, Ollivier’s superlative diplomatic skills are finally revealed after more than three decades. Facilitating negotiations that spanned several years and crossed many borders, this knowledgeable Frenchman used conflict resolution skills and his “intrinsically French ‘savoir faire’” to arrange meetings, persuade enemies and illuminate politicians.
Throughout the film, with Ollivier’s chilling retelling of the 1988 events, Plot for Peace manages, says Huffington Post, “to inform, educate and entertain, all while raising hairs on your arm”. During a time when bloodshed surrounded South Africa, Jean-Yves Ollivier, known only as “Monsieur Jacques” during the negotiations, would make a difference where many failed, and peacefully aid transition of a troubled land.