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Concerning Violence

Directed by Göran Olsson
Sweden, Finland, 2014


Concerning Violence is based on newly discovered, powerful archival material documenting the most daring moments in the struggle for liberation in the Third World, accompanied by classic text from The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon.

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Concerning Violence Directed by Göran Olsson
Concerning Violence asks nothing less of viewers than to consider the moral implications of killing for freedom. It is not an exhortation to combat. It’s an invitation to reflect on the ethical formulation that Fanon, in the twilight of his short life and with nothing left to lose, put purposefully to a readership that would long outlive him.
July 15, 2015
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The result of the film’s unencumbered formalism and its use of archival footage shot from a specific point of view is a new “take” on Fanon’s treatise, which is one that simultaneously educates and reminds the audience of its importance.
February 20, 2015
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Fanon did see violence as a necessary tool in the fight against colonialism. But his thought has also been oversimplified, taken out of context and repurposed as a clenched-fist poster by people who have little interest its subtleties or its history. Such is the use it is put to in this film, which is less a thoughtful inquiry into certain very important subjects than sleek Scandinavian agit-prop that arrives four decades after its sell-by date.
December 05, 2014
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