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Concerning Violence(Om våld)

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Sweden, Finland, Denmark · 2014
1h 25m
Director Göran Olsson
Starring Lauryn Hill
Genre Documentary, History

Concerning Violence is based on newly discovered, powerful archival material documenting the most daring moments in the struggle for liberation in the Third World, accompanied by classic text from The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon and narration by American singer Lauryn Hill.

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On both levels of the film, the archival and the textual, there’s much that’s fascinating and worthwhile. What’s regrettable is the refusal to contextualize and explore the ongoing ramifications of what we see and hear.


Village Voice by Alan Scherstuhl

A commanding indictment of the exploitative nature of geopolitics, and of Europe's and the U.S.'s abuse of native peoples around the world.


Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

Olsson requires us to connect the dots to today's struggles (a missed opportunity), but his discoveries are more than sufficient.


Slant Magazine by Kenji Fujishima

Here is a film that isn't afraid to risk didacticism in order to put across its vision of the debilitating physical and psychological effects of colonialism.


The Playlist by Kevin Jagernauth

Not only a searing look at Europe's painful involvement in participating, encouraging and backing regimes of oppression, Concerning Violence makes it clear that not much has changed in the fifty years since Fanon's powerful words were first printed.


CineVue by Patrick Gamble

An exercise in assigning valuable historical context to scenes of brutality, Concerning Violence is a lesson in understanding a continuing colonial condition, the roots and complexities of which are often concealed and simplified by news coverage of poverty and conflict.

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