On the "A" w/Souleo: Concerning Violence and the Struggle for Freedom

December 10, 2014 11:46 PM

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An abstract and concrete interpretation on the essence of violence sets the tone for a new documentary by Göran Hugo Olsson titled Concerning Violence. Olsson expands the notion of violence beyond the physical act to encompass mental and emotional trauma as he juxtaposes found footage from Africa's late '60s and '70s anti-colonialist movement with words from psychiatrist and revolutionary Frantz Fanon's 1961 book The Wretched of the Earth (narrated in the film by Lauryn Hill).

Here, the Swede filmmaker -- whose previous acclaimed work The Black Power Mixtape also utilized archival material -- employs images of strikes in Liberia, night raids and militia victims with missing limbs that capture the effects and scars of violence both seen and unseen. Olsson spoke with us abo...

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