Goran Olsson on His Confrontational Archival Footage Documentary 'Concerning Violence'

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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."

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