Based on Frantz Fanon‘s highly controversial 1961 publication The Wretched of the Earth, director Göran Hugo Olsson (Black Power Mixtape) helms Concerning Violence: Nine Scenes from the Anti-Imperialist Self-Defense.
The nine-chapter documentary film explores the Martinique-born, French-Algerian writer and activist’s analysis of the dehumanizing effects of colonization, as well as the concept of fighting oppression only through violence.
The largely archive-driven feature depicts Fanon’s own words along with never before seen 60s and 70s footage of the fight for freedom in African nations such as Angola, Burkina Faso, Liberia, and Mozambique.
The visual not only focuses on the extreme physical pain faced by the oppressed but the attitudes of the oppressors as well.
Prefaced by Columbia University professor Gayatri Chakovorty, Concerning Violence is narrated by singer Lauryn Hill for the English-language version and by Finnish actress Kati Outinen for the original Swedish release.
The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in January 2014, and has since won awards at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, Göteborg International Film Festival, and Oslo Films from the South Festival.
Available on DVD in the UK on January 26, 2015, it is available now for pre-order. I’ll have my eye on its U.S. DVD release date, of course.
Watch the official trailer above, and keep up with Concerning Violence via Facebook at facebook.com/concerningviolence.