Focusing on violence during colonisation in Africa, Concerning Violence brings a brutally tragic picture to the screen, which needs to be acknowledged widely. Coincident or not, the picture’s is punctuated by events such as those in Ferguson and New York in the United States. Whilst, such violence may only be associated with colonisation, recent events makes one think differently. The documentary does not address the events in particular but paints a picture of oppression of people globally.
Concerning Violence opened in the UK early 2014, receiving wide critical and audience praise, the documentary will now be release on DVD on the 26th of January, with extra features for example a Q&A session with director and introductory text from philosopher and literary theorist, Gayatri Spivak.
A film by Goran Hugo Olsson, previously known for The Black Power Mixtape, presents a bold narrative on Africa, based on Frantz Fanon’s book; The Wretched of the Earth. Olsson uses newly discovered archived material from colonial Africa from the late 60s and 70s, to illustrate the various themes of the books, including psychological analysis of the dehumanizing effect of colonisation. The documentary is narrated by activist and musician, Lauryn Hill, and is a powerful reminder of brutality of colonialism and the battles for independence.
Concerning Violence is put together as an archive-driven documentary covering daring moments in the struggle for liberation in the Third World, as well as an exploration into the mechanisms of decolonization as illustrated in the text by Frantz Fanon. Fanon’s landmark book, written over 50 years ago, is still key in understanding and illuminating the neo-colonialism happening today, as well as the violence and reactions against it.
Described as “A pulsing, echoing trumpet blast-repeated throughout-and some in-your-face political carnage identify Concerning Violence for what it is: a prickly, passionate call to arms” by Time Out, Concerning Violence has received four stars by Times, The Independent and the title of ‘Documentary of the Year’ by Grolsch Film Work.
Out on DVD (26th January), to take home, Concerning Violence illustrates the extent of both physical, as well as spiritual violence of colonisation on African nations such as Burkina Faso, Liberia and Mozambique.