A documentary narrated by Lauryn HIll who just did two sold out concerts at Madiba Harlem at My Image Studios. This award wining documentary first screened at Sundance in 2014. Concerning Violence (2014) is a feature documentary compiling recently discovered archive footage of colonial Africa from the 60’s and 70’s. This footage was captured by Swedish filmmakers who set out on a mission to document the anti-imperialist liberation first hand.
Aided by extracts from Fanon’s book, director Göran Hugo Olsson artistically assembles the footage into nine chapters which factually address colonialism and capitalism. Despite being written over 50 years ago, Frantz Fanon’s literature is an acute account of the still prevalent, wholly relevant struggle for independence from neo-colonialism.
The piece asks the audience to question both modern day and historical motives for violence, and demands negative attention towards first world countries, their ruling and dictation over a seemingly helpless third world. An entire world of exploited venerability factually plays out at a conflictingly leisurely pace.
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Les Payne and Omowale Clay of the December 12th Movement will be participating panelist in the discussion after the screening of "Concerning Violence". The panelist and the moderator all bring first hand knowledge of past and current violence in the struggle for freedom in southern Africa.
- Mr. Paynes reported from Soweto during the uprising when the US was on the wrong side of the struggle provide critical insights that informed and changed minds in the US.
- Omowale Clay of the December 12th Movement has been the most consistent voice of opposition to the US embargo on Zimbabwe and the violence and suffering the embargo imposes on ordinary citizens of Zimbabwe.
David Scott, professor of Anthropology at Columbia University and resident expert in the U.S. on Frantz Fanon.
- Moderated by Wuyi Jacobs of AfrobeatRadio, the most respected radio broadcast voice reporting on African politics and culture.