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Concerning Violence: Frantz Fanon & the philosophy of decolonisation

Welcome to the joint screening and discussion event of the Historians without Borders' Colonialism Working Group, Tutkijaliitto and Cinema Orion on Monday 18.3.2024! We will watch Göran Olsson's documentary Concerning Violence and reflect on the historical and contemporary meanings attached to Frantz Fanon's philosophy.

Concerning Violence is a 2014 documentary film written and directed by Göran Olsson. Using unique archival footage, the film tells the story of the African anti-colonial movements of the 1960s and 1970s.

The film is based on the essay De la violence (On Violence) by philosopher and psychiatrist Frantz Fanon, from his 1961 book Les damnés de la terre (The Wretched of the Earth). Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) was a psychiatrist born in Martinique and educated in France, whose thought has had a wide influence on anti-colonial and feminist movements as well as on post-colonial studies. Fanon’s work focuses in particular on the psychological effects of colonisation and the possibilities for liberation. Fanon worked in an Algerian hospital during the Algerian-French war and died of cancer in 1961, aged only 36.

The languages of the film are English, French, Swedish and Portuguese and the film is presented with English subtitles. The film is narrated by American singer and actress Lauryn Hill.

The film has a running time of 1 h 25 min.


Film screening at 17.00-18.30: Concerning Violence (2014)

Discussion from 18.30-19.30: The relevance of Frantz Fanon’s philosophy from the colonial period to the present day

Curator and philosopher Päiviö Maurice Omwami, researcher and translator Eetu Viren and researcher Minna Seikkula will discuss the themes of the film. The discussion will be moderated by Teivo Teivainen, Professor of World Politics and Chair of HwB’s Working Group on Colonialism. 

The discussion will be conducted in Finnish.

Tickets are available for the screening, but the discussion is open and free of charge to all interested parties.


11 €
Discounted price: 9 € For members of Historians without Borders in Finland and Tutkijaliitto as well as other discount groups

Tickets can be purchased from Cinema Orion’s online shop.

About the organizers:

Historians without Borders is a network of more than 400 historians, history teachers and experts on politics of history from around the world. Founded in 2016 on a Finnish initiative, the international network and the Finnish Association of Historians without Borders in Finland aim to promote historical awareness, historical debate and the use of historical knowledge for conflict prevention and resolution. Join the network by signing the Historians without Borders Declaration. You can also support our work by becoming a member of the Finnish association.

Tutkijaliitto is an association and book publisher founded in 1976, which maintains an open, Finnish-language space for critical thinking and collaboration for all those interested in conceptual work. In addition to book publishing, Tutkijaliitto publishes the interdisciplinary magazine Tiede&edistys and organises numerous interdisciplinary and artistic events every year.

Additional information:

Heta Hedman
Secretary General
Historians without Borders in Finland
tel. 040 660 8979

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