Concerning Violence Reviews

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 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
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 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.
November 28, 2014
The film is a bleak but real portrait of an era, though it has nothing to say about what these nations are thinking and feeling right now.
January 28, 2014
A pulsing, echoing trumpet blast-repeated throughout-and some in-your-face political carnage identify Concerning Violence for what it is: a prickly, passionate call to arms.
January 20, 2014
A tough and cerebral but finally illuminating documentary about the decolonization of Africa.