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