“Colonialism is…violence in its natural state, and it will only yield when confronted with greater violence.” So declared Frantz Fanon in his classic indictment of European imperialism, The Wretched of the Earth. This provocative film matches astounding file footage of the fight for decolonisation in Africa with selections of Fanon’s incendiary text, powerfully voiced by musician Lauryn Hill. The result is a bold, empowering visualisation of colonial (and neo-colonial) power and its dehumanising effects on the people who exist under its rule.
(84mins) | Denmark, Finland, Sweden, United States of America
English, French, Portuguese and Swedish, with English subtitles
Göran Hugo Olsson
Sweden’s Göran Hugo Olsson read film studies at Stockholm University and continued his studies at the Royal University of Fine Arts. A filmmaker, cinematographer and editor, he also developed the super-16 A-cam. He is the director of The Black Power Mix Tape (2010; ttff/11). Concerning Violence (2014), his most recent film, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.