Concerning Violence is inspired by The Wretched of the Earth, the 1961 book of Martinique-born psychiatrist and revolutionary Frantz Fanon, excerpts of which serve as the film’s narrative and are read by singer and activist Lauryn Hill.
Among Fanon’s sober assessments is that colonialism “is violence in its natural state, and it will only yield when confronted with greater violence”. Decolonisation, he writes, “is always a violent phenomenon”. “Decolonisation, which sets out to change the order of the world, is, obviously, a program of complete disorder”.
The film corroborates these assertions with footage from former European colonial possessions in Africa. Scenes variously depict the subjugation and impoverishment of native populations, juxtaposed with Europeans sun-tanning and playing golf in picturesque African settings in between wantonly extracting resources and imprisoning and torturing people.
…For another modern-day example of legitimised violence and self-victimisation by the very purveyors of said violence, it seems appropriate to once again bring up the state of Israel, which shares the ex-Rhodesian resident’s knack for hallucinating himself into a position of unparalleled suffering at the hands of “terrorists”.
“The new, official poster for Dear White People is terrific (and debuting exclusively on Vulture), but the story behind it is even better. A Sundance Award–winning satire about racial issues flaring up at a prestigious university, Dear White People was financed in part by thousands of people who contributed through a crowd-funding drive — so how perfect is it that this poster was made by a fan, too?“
From ‘The Riverbends Channel’
Published on Mar 26, 2012
Julie Weston and her aunt, Hattie, own and operate a candy-store in Harlem. A wealthy business man, Albert Marshall, and his wayward son, Jim Marshall, swindle the women out of the store. Later, Albert Marshall is found murdered, and there are several suspects, including Marshall’s secretary and a blackmailer. – Summary written by Les Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cast (IMDB): Sheila Guyse as Julie Weston; Stepin Fetchit as Swifty’, the Handyman; Hilda Offley as Aunt Hattie; Creighton Thompson as Reverend Jackson; Kenneth Freeman as Jim Marshall; William Greaves as Bert Hallam; Sybil Lewis as Alice Adams (as Sybyl Lewis); Laurence Criner as Albert Marshall (as Lawrence Criner); Jack Carter as Philip Manley; Milton Williams as Mr. Wilkinson; Monte Hawley as Lieutenant Renard; Ruble Blakey as Detective Foley; Slick’ Chester as Detective Tracy (as Alfred Chester); Savannah Churchill as Singer – Specialty ‘I Want to Be Loved’; Lavada Carter as Singer – Specialty ‘John Saw the Number’; Norma Shepherd as Singer – Specialty ‘Patience and Fortitude’; Juanita Hall as Juanita Hall – Specialty ‘Chocolate Candy Blues’; Lynn Proctor Trio as Trio; Lynn Proctor as Lynn Proctor; Juanita Hall Choir as Choir; Hilda Geeley as Singer (uncredited).
The web is the new TV, as we’ve said many times on S&A. And content creators from under-represented groups are taking full advantage, which is a good thing! If you’re not seeing yourself on screen (Broadcast TV and at the movie theater), the burden is on you to create those images of yourself that you want to see, especially now that the tools of creation and distribution have become much more accessible.
A new web series that profiles entrepreneurial artists, aptly titled, The Artrepreneurs.
It comes from writer & director Vishnu J. Seesahai, whose name you might recall; he wrote and directed a feature film titled Candid (described as “The 1-Man-Movie,” because it was written, directed, shot, acted, and edited all by one man), which we highlighted last fall, when it premiered at the Urbanworld Film Festival.