Directed by Swedish filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson, who also created The Black Power Mixtape , Concerning Violence is a documentary that explores Frantz Fanon’s anti-colonial writing The Wretched of the Earth through scenes from archival footage of the fight for decolonization throughout the continent of Africa.
Narrated by Lauryn Hill, Concerning Violence uses images of the words and the past to look at a bleak, yet resilient future. In an interview with Dazed & Confused, Olsson had this to say about the films bleak vision and it’s stark messages,
I mean, for me it’s almost prophetic in some ways, and very disturbing in other ways. I’m not complaining or dissing any other film but I was personally tired of documentaries where you see a person or a couple of persons in suffering, and then you are supposed to feel nice in the screening room and go out on the street and save the world. I thought it time to put a message up on the screen, as clear as possible. So that’s how I came up with the idea.
Concerning Violence, which has been met with positive reviews on the festival circuit, opens this Friday, December 5th, at IFC in New York. For more info on screenings, go here.