Culturecrit’s Interview with Mandy Jacobson

At 17-years-old, Ollivier and one million other French nationals left their homeland Algeria after the country’s 1962 independence. During his first visit to South Africa in 1981, he recognised a similar fate – white inhabitants ‘sleepwalking to the brink of disaster.’ To avoid them being ‘thrown into the sea,’ a peaceful negotiation to the end of racial discrimination and segregation was necessary.”

“Jean Yves Olliver’s story reminds us about the personal values that make up politics and that the art of negotiation requires basic human values of tolerance and listening and trust. These are universal tools that all conflicts require”says Mandy Jacobson, South African co-director and producer of the film.

Read the full interview by Joey Legodi HERE