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Following The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, which used rare archive footage from Swedish television to tell the story of the Civil Rights movement in America, award-winning filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson uses a similar technique to illustrate the effects of colonialism in Africa and the independence movements it provoked. Inspired by the controversial writings of Frantz Fanon and featuring Miss Lauren Hill narrating Fanon’s text, Concerning Violence pieces together footage taken by Swedish documentary filmmakers who had ventured to places such as Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania and Liberia between 1966 and 1984.
The result is an intellectually demanding film that has great relevance and resonance for what is happening in Africa today, a condemnation of European intervention in the continent and a brilliant example of the creative ways documentary filmmakers are finding to use archive to tell important stories. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)
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