February 2014, distribution news

"Concerning Violence"

by Göran Hugo Olsson, CINEMA fairbindet Award 2014

Photo "Concerning Violence"

© Lennart Malmer

This year's CINEMA Fairbindet award goes to Göran Hugo Olsson's courageous film "Concerning Violence" about the African liberation movements of the 60s and 70s, screened at the Panorama section of the Berlinale. The film combines recently discovered archive material about the violent confrontation with the colonial power with quotes from Frantz Fanon‘s ”The Wretched of the Earth“ narrated by Lauryn Hill. The film highlights artfully Fanon‘s analysis of the consequences of Africa’s colonization and calls for building a better world.

Statement of the Jury: "Frantz Fanon's historical text about colonialism, strikingly narrated by Lauryn Hill, combined with a unique use of archival material creates a powerful and poetic contemporary film. The director has produced an impressive work by transforming theoretical and complex ideas into a cinematographic, emotional experience. He gives us surprising insights into the state of our world today. This mesmerizing film reminds us that violence remains a central challenge to humanity." The jury consisted of Rania Stephan, Djo Munga and Ernst Szebedits.

More information about the film here. The film will be released in autumn, accompanied by the CINEMA fairbindet Road Show. More information will follow soon.

Director Göran Hugo Olsson Born studied film at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm and subsequently began working as a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. He is also co-founder of the short documentary television programme Ikon (SVT) and Ikon South Africa. Screened at the Berlinale in 2011, his documentary THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 enjoyed enormous success worldwide

The CINEMA fairbindet award recognizes an outstanding feature or documentary film, which inspires by the cinematic creativity. The award-winning film focuses on global development and human rights issues contributing to intercultural dialogue and encouraging audiences to discover new perspectives. More information on the CINEMA fairbindet award (in German only).