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Lauryn Hill Narrates Powerful Anti-Imperialism Documentary “Concerning Violence”

Lauryn Hill Narrates Powerful Anti-Imperialism Documentary “Concerning Violence”
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Concerning Violence

Göran Olsson’s documentary “Concerning Violence” is based on Frantz Fanon’s essay from his 1961 book, The Wretched Earth. Lauryn Hill lends her voice for narration of the English-language version.

 The director Olsson spoke with Dazed about how Ms. Hill became connected to his project:

“I knew through mutual friends that she was a huge reader of Fanon, so I wrote a paper letter and manuscript with images while she was in prison for tax problems. She replied immediately and said it’s too strange, I’m here in prison and I’m reading that book now. So she said, I will not only do the voice-over, I will also do the music. She wasn’t released until late October, so we didn’t have the time for her to make music, but she was released from prison on Friday, on Monday morning she was in the studio making the recording for the narration.”


The film premiered in-competition in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2014 Sundance Festival in January 2014.

“Concerning Violence” will be screened this week at the IFC in New York. You can check times and dates here.

According to the IFC, the Director will be on hand at the following times:

Director in person for Q&As Fri Dec 5 & Sat Dec 6 after 6:00pm shows!

CONCERNING VIOLENCE, a new documentary from Göran Hugo Olsson, director of The Black Power Mixtape is a bold visual narration on colonization in Africa, based on newly discovered archival material covering the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in the late ’60s and ’70s.

Accompanied by text from Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth, featuring narration by singer and activist Lauryn Hill and an interview with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, renowned Columbia University professor and post-colonial cultural theorist, CONCERNING VIOLENCE screened to critical acclaim at the 2014 Sundance and Berlin film festivals.

The film depicts some of the most daring moments ever captured during the anti-colonialist struggle from the Angolan War of Independence to the Mozambique Liberation Front. CONCERNING VIOLENCE is an emotionally resonant cinematic essay, which confronts the dehumanizing mechanisms of colonialism to illuminate the urgent need for change in the present.

NR, 89 Minutes