Sweden / Denmark / United States / Finland 2013, 85 min, English, French, Portuguese and Swedish, Hebrew & English subtitles
In the same way that it describes Africa’s slow, painful, and bloody process of liberation, “Concerning Violence” also describes the birth of Europe and how the Continent’s vast power and wealth – and later its discomfort – were born out of conquest and exploitation. This film weaves together scenes from Africa’s struggle to shake off the shackles of colonialism with select passages from psychiatrist and philosopher Frantz Fanon’s classic work, “The Wretched of the Earth.” Never-before-seen archival footage from Angola, Rhodesia, Liberia, Tanzania and Mozambique illustrates white condescension and the ways that the native population was perceived as ethically and morally deprived and spiritually poor. They show the organized violence of the occupying power, the resulting humiliation and the suicidal instinct which, according to Fanon, emerges within the soul of every occupied society, until it is forced to use violence as “a cleansing force”.
Previous Festivals: Sundance, Berlinale