Concerning Violence

    • Göran Hugo Olsson
    • Sweden, Denmark, United States, Finland
    • 2013
    • 85 min
    • Dutch Premiere
    • Best of Fests
    In 1961, Frantz Omar Fanon, the Creole intellectual from Martinique, didn’t mince words when he declared that violence was the only way forward if the people wanted to caste off the oppressive shackles of colonialism. He described his radical theories in The Wretched of the Earth (Les Damnés de la Terre), which was banned in France the day it was published. In Concerning Violence, the American hip-hop singer Lauryn Hill reads passages from Fanon’s treatise in voice-over to accompany footage featuring a variety of African liberation armies in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Events moved quickly from 1960 onwards, when one by one African countries ejected their European colonizers, and not always peacefully. The film’s director Göran Olsson has once again immersed himself in Swedish TV archives to illustrate the broad theme of breakaway African nations. He did the same in 2011 for The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, in which Swedish journalists tracked the rise of the Black Power movement. Olsson didn’t discover much footage on decolonization, doubtless because Sweden barely played any role in colonial Africa. The material he does show clearly demonstrates how much geopolitical and interpersonal relationships have changed over the last 50 years.


    • 85 min
    • color / black and white
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: Swedish, French, Portuguese, English
    • Subtitles in: English
    Göran Hugo Olsson
    Annika Rogell for Story AB, Tobias Janson for Story AB
    Executive producer
    Otto Fagerstedt for SVT
    Lennart Malmer, Ingela Romare, Per Kâllberg, Ingrid Dahlberg, Lars Hjelm, Roland Hjelte, Bo Bjelfvenstam, Jörgen Persson, Stig Holmqvist, Leyla Assaf Tengroth
    Michael Aaglund, Dino Jonsäter, Göran Hugo Olsson, Sophie Vukovic

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