Concerning Violence Reviews

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April 3, 2019
This is a clarion call to remember that history is never quite over, it's a living breathing organism that refutes the practises and narrative of 'winners' and 'losers', and pushes us to think of the here and now.
August 28, 2018
As for Hill, she has a voice that expresses all of her strengths and weaknesses, her beauty and her outrage. Few are as bold and as vulnerable as her.
March 27, 2017
An incisive piece of philosophy which inspires rage through its measured presentation.
May 25, 2015
A collage of archival footage, carefully curated to create a provocative think piece.
May 5, 2015
A meditation on Frantz Fanon's plea to oppressed people to use violence against their colonial oppressors.
February 19, 2015
Aside from a brief and uncritical preface by Columbia University professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, there's no attempt to contextualize Fanon's book.
December 12, 2014
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 6, 2014
There are extraordinary images on display here. But it's difficult to understand why this film has emerged now.
December 5, 2014
Olsson's The Wretched Of The Earth excerpts are well-chosen, and several of the vintage interviews from Swedish TV are jaw-droppingly on-point.
December 5, 2014
In many cases, Fanon's astringent words seem as relevant today as ever.
December 5, 2014
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 4, 2014
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
Its exploration of an entrenched system that breeds generations of oppression and violence is extremely upsetting yet still highly rewarding.
December 2, 2014
Gran Hugo Olsson's profound essay doc aspires to upset in the truest sense.
December 1, 2014
Here is a film that isn't afraid to risk didacticism in order to put across its vision of the debilitating physical and psychological effects of colonialism.
December 1, 2014
It's a confrontational, direct and challenging piece of film-making; an illustrated lecture that muses on the legacy of European colonial rule in Africa and elsewhere and poses questions about cycles of power abuse and neo-colonialism.
November 29, 2014
Through it all, the changing nature of violence (destructive, cleansing, inevitable) is unravelled in illuminating, harrowing form.
November 28, 2014
A powerful and provoking take on a violent and volatile era.
November 28, 2014
The footage speaks for itself. I wish it had been allowed to.
November 28, 2014
A timely and powerful exploration into the history of uprising in Africa as seen through the eyes of white liberals.
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