How did the end of the Apartheid era not end up in a bloodbath on the streets of South Africa? This is the thorny question at the heart of a documentary that explores the hitherto unheralded contribution of Jean-Yves Ollivier, a Frenchman with background in trade and a rare gift for diplomacy.
Or how a chubby French cereal trader ended apartheid. Playing diplomatic poker with warlords and presidents, Jean-Yves Ollivier’s doc of South Africa’s downfall is a riveting if dense secret history, brought to life by talking heads, savage news footage and political-thriller pacing.
An engrossing slice of modern history.