// Presented as part of March's Docs in Focus III Series //
Göran Hugo Olsson / 2014, Sundance Film Festival, BAMcinemafest, Berlin, Busan, CPH:DOX, DocAviv, Göteborg, Hong Kong, IDFA - International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam, Indielisboa, Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, Munich, Oslo Films from the South Festival, Sarajevo, Sheffield International Documentary Festival, Sydney, Vancouver, Vienna / 89'
Angola, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau and Burkina Faso—nine African nations were involved in the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in the late 1960's and 70's. Swedish television news captured footage on the ground from a distinctly white perspective. This archival material is assembled alongside passages from legendary and often-misunderstood Martican philosopher and psychiatrist Frantz Fanon's tome The Wretched of the Earth, which elaborates an ideology of individual and collective decolonization.
Narrated by Lauryn Hill, Concerning Violence boldly interrogates legacies of colonialism, imperialism, and racism in arguments against the African liberation movement, while dismantling facile dichotomies regarding Fanon's political thought. Göran Hugo Olsson's fourth documentary feature premiered at Sundance, Sheffield, CPH:DOX and the Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Cinema Fairbindet Prize.