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“Concerning Violence” – Documentary on African Independence

October 07th, 2014

News from Berlin Global - The Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria declared Wednesday the 1st of October 2014 a Public Holiday to commemorate 54 years of Independence from colonial rule. Coinciding with Nigeria’s Independence, the popular independent Berlin-based cinema ‘Kino Eiszeit’ (Ice Age) screens the premier of Swedish writer/director Göran Hugo Olsson’s documentary “Concerning Violence”.

African Independence days are events that deserve celebration particularly considering that even 54 years later, as shown by a summary of current conflicts in the film, African countries are still having to deal with the consequences of centuries of European raids and interventions. This documentary describes the uprisings that led to Africa’s decolonization and highlights the ongoing European oppression of Africa, by giving a glimpse of today’s conflicts along the old colonial borders.

In this documentary based on the 1961 book “The Wretched of the Earth” by Franz Fanon, footage of the liberation movements and struggles filmed between 1966 and 1987 in Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau are juxtaposed with documentary images of Swedish missionaries in Tanzania. Premiered at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2014 and narrated by African-American musician and liberation icon Lauryn Hill (a fan of Fanon’s work), “Concerning Violence” is acclaimed as the recipient of the Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary at the 37th Göteborg International Film Festival.

“Colonialism is not a thinking machine, it is violence in its natural state”. For an eye opening cinematic experience that uses controversial but astonishing material to educate the viewer on the often-ignored historical event of colonisation, head to Kino Eiszeit in Berlin this week!

For More Information: http://www.eiszeit-kino.de/

Admission Price (Regular): 7.50 €

Address: Zeughofstr. 20, 10997 Berlin Kreuzberg

Phone: 0 30.6 11 60 16

E-mail: beermann@eiszeit-kino.de