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Concerning Violence (2014)

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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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From the director of The Black Power Mixtape comes a bold and fresh visual narrative on Africa, based on newly discovered archive material covering the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in the late '60s and '70s, accompanied by text from Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth. (C) Kino Lorber

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Cast

Lauryn Hill
as Narrator
Kati Outinen
as Narrator
Timothy
as Himself (White Rhodesian Racist's Servant)
Robert Mugabe
as Himself (Zimbabwe African National Union)
Robert Jackson
as Himself (Liberian Labour Activist)
Simão Elias
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Concerning Violence

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (8)

Aside from a brief and uncritical preface by Columbia University professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, there's no attempt to contextualize Fanon's book.

February 19, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

December 12, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

December 5, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

December 4, 2014 | Full Review…

Its exploration of an entrenched system that breeds generations of oppression and violence is extremely upsetting yet still highly rewarding.

December 4, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Göran Hugo Olsson's profound essay doc aspires to upset in the truest sense.

December 2, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Concerning Violence

"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.

Walter M.
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