25 May Award Winning Documentary PLOT FOR PEACE
Award Winning Documentary PLOT FOR PEACE to screen at the United Nations on May 26th in celebration of the United Nations World Africa Week, and Africa Day, May 25, 2015
Johannesburg, 25 May 2015. The Ichikowitz Family Foundation is proud to announce that one of its award winning documentaries, PLOT FOR PEACE will be screened on May 26th to audiences of UN Ambassadors, stakeholders and invited members of the public, in celebration of all efforts made by African leaders to secure peace in Southern Africa during the late 1980s.
The critically acclaimed PLOT FOR PEACE tells the untold story of the negotiations, visionary leadership and parallel diplomacy that led to the signing of the Brazzaville Accord in 1988, a key milestone in speeding up the release of Mandela and the ultimate demise of apartheid.
The United Nations screening is a historic event given that the Ambassadors from the countries involved in the signing of the 1988 Brazzaville Protocol will be present: Angola, Cuba, South Africa, Mozambique and the Republic of Congo.
The United Nations played a key behind-the-scenes role in supporting these major parties in the conTlict and ultimately the peace deal was signed before the UN Secretary General in New York on 22 December 1988. It was called the Tripartite Agreement, involving Angola, Cuba, and South Africa, and paved the way for the whole of Southern Africa Tind a peaceful transition to democracy.
The documentary was produced by Emmy award winning Mandy Jacobson of the African Oral History, an ambitious heritage initiative funded by the Ichikowitz Family Foundation. The Tilm will soon be released on NetTlix.
Ivor Ichikowitz, Chairman of the Ichikowitz Family Foundation says:
“It’s an important moment in international arena to reTlect on how disputes can be resolved through building trust, through peaceful negotiations and through dialogue. We salute President Sassou-Nguesso efforts in mediating the current conTlicts in Central Africa and in using the lessons learned from the past to advance the peaceful resolution of disputes.
“Such commemorations reinforce the critical role of the United Nations and allow us all to explore how we may practically advance towards greater peace and prosperity across the globe.”
PLOT FOR PEACE features interviews with key Tigures of the time, including H.E. Denis Sassou-N’Guesso, President of the Republic of Congo, the former First Lady of South Africa, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela; former Mozambique president, Joaquim Chisanno, former South African foreign minister, Pik Botha, and Jean-Yves Ollivier, the French businessman
who played a behind the scenes role in facilitating the signing of the 1988 Brazzaville Protocol, a key precursor to peace in Southern Africa.
The United Nations screening marks a successful global distribution circuit for PLOT FOR PEACE, having been released theatrically in the USA, UK, France, Spain, Japan and South Africa during 2014. It has garnered over 8 international awards.
It is an honour for the Ichikowitz Family Foundation that PLOT FOR PEACE will now form part of the United Nations historic record and archive.