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Goran Olsson on His Confrontational Archival Footage Documentary ‘Concerning Violence’

Goran Olsson’s documentary Concerning Violence uses archival footage along with text from Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth and narration from Lauryn Hill to tell a confrontational story of colonization and cheap labor.

Says Olsson about the impetus to create the film, “I made a film called The Black Power Mixtape, and after that I was determined not to make yet another archive film, but actually [Fanon’s] publisher gave me a copy, and I went to a cafe and I read it and I was blown away with the text. I mean, for me it’s almost prophetic in some ways, and very disturbing in other ways. I’m not complaining or dissing any other film but I was personally tired of documentaries where you see a person or a couple of persons in suffering, and then you are supposed to feel nice in the screening room and go out on the street and save the world. I thought it time to put a message up on the screen, as clear as possible. So that’s how I came up with the idea.”

Read the full story here on Dazed.

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