Concerning Violence
World Documentary


2014, 85 minutes, color & b/w, Sweden/U.S.A./Denmark/Finland

Göran Hugo Olsson returns to the Sundance Film Festival (The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 played in the World Cinema Documentary Competition in 2011) with this bold, fresh, and compelling visual narrative about the African liberation struggles of the 1960s and 1970s. Concerning Violence combines newly discovered archival material depicting some of the most daring moments in the confrontation with colonial power, accompanied by singer Lauryn Hill’s searing narrative and drawn from psychologist/philosopher Frantz Fanon’s seminal anticolonial text, The Wretched of the Earth.

In this potent, arresting, and surprisingly emotional film, Olsson artfully elucidates Fanon’s psychiatric and psychological analysis of the dehumanizing effects of colonization on the individual and the nation. Concerning Violence makes accessible Fanon’s theory that the violence of colonialism must be met with greater violence to be defeated, as well as his vision and plea to reject the lust for colonial power and instead embrace a more creative and humane society. As a result, Olsson’s powerful documentary makes an accurate, timely, and vital contribution toward building a better world for the future.

Director: Göran Hugo Olsson

Producers: Annika Rogell, Tobias Janson

Co-producers: Joslyn Barnes, Danny Glover, Monica Hellström, Miia Haavisto

Editors: Michael Aaglund, Dino Jonsäter, Göran Hugo Olsson, Sophie Vukovic

Art Director: Stefania Malmsten

Assistant Director: Sophie Vukovic

Associate Producer: Corey Smyth

Principal Cast: Narrated by Lauryn Hill

About the Director

Göran Hugo Olsson's previous film at the Sundance Film Festival, The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975, won the 2011 Documentary Editing Award and became a huge hit in festivals and theatres and on television throughout the world. Prior films include Am I Black Enough for You (2009) with the artist Billy Paul. Since 1999, Olsson has been a member of the editorial board of Ikon South Africa, a platform for creative documentaries by township filmmakers in South Africa in cooperation with the South African Broadcasting Corporation.


1/17/2014 3:00 pm
Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City
1/18/2014 1:00 pm
Redstone Cinema 2, Park City
1/19/2014 9:45 pm
Broadway Centre Cinema 3, SLC
1/22/2014 8:30 am
Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
1/23/2014 6:00 pm
Sundance Resort Screening Room, Sundance Resort
1/24/2014 12:00 pm
Holiday Village Cinema 2, Park City