Concerning Violence 2014
“Colonialism is not a thinking machine, nor a body endowed with reasoning faculties. It is violence in its natural state, and it will only yield when confronted with greater violence.”

Swedish documentarian Goran Hugo Olsson draws on the fiery text “The Wretched of the Earth,” West Indies psychiatrist Frantz Fanon’s sharply-worded tirade against colonialist tendencies published in 1962, the same year as his death. Olsson blends haunting and immersive visuals of the African liberation struggles of the sixties and seventies with excerpts from Fanon’s text, read aloud by singer Lauryn Hill and printed on the screen.

Divided into nine sequences, “Concerning Violence” stretches from images of the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola and a Liberian miners strike from the sixties all the way through the contemporary struggles of Burkina Faso. Olsson’s project is empowered by a wealth of content from Swedish archives, resulting in a spectacularly dense collage of protests, battles and their grisly aftermaths in both color and black-and-white.

DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 01:25:34 | 5.31 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English/Swedish/French
Subtitles: English hardcoded (for non-English parts)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, History

Director: Goran Olsson
Cast: Lauryn Hill, Kati Outinen, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Country: Sweden, Finland, Denmark, USA

-- Curzon Soho Director's Q&A
-- Spivak Preface
-- Theatrical Trailer

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