Fanon's Wretched of the Earth on colonialism: Decolonization is not possible without violence. Spivak adds insight with a preface on Fanon's work & on the film's searing imagery. Due diligence in the acquisition of archival footage -- from the film institutes of colonial Europe itself -- is remarkable. We live in more subtle neocolonial times, however. How would the late Fanon have addressed that?
Stunned by the power of this film. Essential viewing for those who admire the writings of Frantz Fanon and for those that want to think about power relations in our world. I will watch this many times! I hope this becomes a touchstone/model for documentary filmmaking that explores great works of history, theory and/or art.
Fanon: "Violence, is a cleansing force. It frees the native from his inferiority complex and from his despair and inaction; it makes him fearless and restores his self-respect.'' This incredible film uses remarkable found footage to illustrate one chapter of one book by this amazing visionary. I need to learn more. Clearly, his work on de-colonialization is imperative. ''Every brother on a rooftop can quote Fanon.''
Liked this a lot more than the Black Power Mixtape, which I found to be like a remedial review of 60's Black Power America, the footage was strong but other than that not much. This was a great poem, bringing Fanon's words to actual situation, showing his prophecy and also warnings of tomorrow.
Fanon's excerpts and the archival footage appropriated by the film seemed more powerful to me than the montage in which Göran Olsson interweaves them. Anyway, watch it, it's well worth your time. The most powerful sequence, for me, shows the woman to which Spivak refers in her introduction as the "black Venus". She and her child compose an image of terrifying beauty, showing the persistence of life, in spite of all.
"Colonialism is violence in its purest state". This is History talking about our modern days. North-South. Violence as part of something inevitable. Fanon is not merciful in his words. This is a brilliant film that provides a great opportunity to discover new images on Europe's darkest shadows.
A bit disappointed. Fanon's argument for the use of violence is more valuable than transpires in the film. Still the footage is incredible and despite the mosaic structure that is a bit frustrating several points come across very strongly. Everyone should see it and read The Wretched of the Earth. Will have to watch it again.