"Concerning Violence transcends such political differences and exudes a quiet anger underneath its analytical surface (...) In some ways, Olsson's method recalls the stylistic purity of Jean-Luc Godard at his most polemical: His use of on-screen text, especially, is somewhat reminiscent of Godard's more aphoristic use of this literary quality in films like 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her, La Chinoise, and, more recently, Film Socialisme and Goodbye to Language."
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"Mr. Olsson’s news clips are purposeful and bursting with interest (although Fanon’s major concern, Algeria, goes omitted). They’re used in harmony and occasionally in counterpoint to Fanon’s critique, which proclaims colonialism to be an annihilating force, and violence a necessary and liberating tool for the oppressed. But the energy here feels more like that of a lecture than of a film; it’s an analytical tonic that’s potent to the point of bitter."
"“The Black Power Mixtape” helmer Goran Hugo Olsson doesn’t make documentaries so much as incendiary devices, diving deep into Swedish film archives for vintage clips that have sat like so much undetonated ordnance all these years and coupling them with politically charged audio to make a provocative new statement. Olsson adds the nuclear heft of Frantz Fanon’s treatise “The Wretched of the Earth” to that cocktail, pairing passages read by Lauryn Hill with gut-wrenching eye-witness accounts of imperialism gone wrong, resulting in a festival hot potato engineered to rile even the most progressive arthouse crowds."