Concerning Violence (2014)
Critic Consensus: As confrontational as it is ultimately rewarding, Concerning Violence is a scathing indictment of past misdeeds -- and a sobering reminder of how far we still have to go.
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Critic Reviews for Concerning Violence
Aside from a brief and uncritical preface by Columbia University professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, there's no attempt to contextualize Fanon's book.
With not nearly enough signposts along the way to indicate where we are, either in time or place, it's an intimidating argument to follow, despite Olsson's rigidly organized structure.
On both levels of the film, the archival and the textual, there's much that's fascinating and worthwhile. What's regrettable is the refusal to contextualize and explore the ongoing ramifications of what we see and hear.
The energy here feels more like that of a lecture than of a film; it's an analytical tonic that's potent to the point of bitter.
Its exploration of an entrenched system that breeds generations of oppression and violence is extremely upsetting yet still highly rewarding.
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"Concerning Violence" is a passable documentary wherein Lauryn Hill does an impeccable job of intoning Frantz Fanon's text over scenes of revolutionary struggle in the developing world, most involving Portugal's futile attempts to hold on to its empire, long past its sell by date. In fact, the documentary only gets as recent as 1987 in Burkina Faso, as it makes very few if any connections to the present day, especially concerning Palestine for example. And overall as well-intentioned as "Concerning Violence" generally is, I am afraid it can only serve as an introductory course in an international development course of story, as most serious students of this subject are already familiar with these stories or ones very similar in nature. Reinforcing that very notion is a Columbia University professor introducing the material on film.
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