South Africa 2013, 83 min, English, Afrikaans, French, Portuguese and Spanish, Hebrew & English subtitles

What happened behind the scenes that led to the release of Nelson Mandela and the fall of the apartheid regime? This film tells the remarkable story of a mysterious businessman known only as “Monsieur Jacques”, who was active in the secret negotiations to free the famous freedom fighter and bring down South Africa’s racist government by peaceful means. How did Jean-Yves Ollivier convince statesmen and diplomats, generals, spies and freedom fighters from across the region to cross borders, redeploy troops, overcome crises of trust and eventually launch the long, complicated process which led to the first democratic elections in a land that symbolized racism and discrimination? How did he bring about the elections of that country’s first black president?

Previous Festivals: Palm Springs IFF, MOSTRA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN SAO PAULO (THE INTERNATIONAL JURY AWARD TO BEST DOCUMENTARY AND THE AUDIENCE AWARD TO BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY), Hamptons International Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh

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Screenings

  • Sat 10.05 17:00 Cinemateque 2
    w/ director Mandy Jacobson and protagonists Jean-Yves Ollivier (“Monsieur Jacques”) and Michael Ledeen (former consultant to the US National Security Council)
    Filmmaker Present
  • Wed 14.05 18:00 Cinemateque 4

Filmmakers

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Directors: Carlos Agullo, Mandy Jacobson
Production: Mandy Jacobson
Production Company: Indelible Media
Script: Stephen Smith
Editing: Carlos Agullo
Cinematography: Rita Noriega, Diego Ollivier
Print Source: Wide House - Anais Clanet (festivals@widemanagement.com)