Lauryn Hill Lends Her Voice To Anti-Colonialism Documentary "Concerning Violence"


(AllHipHop News) Music fans have not been able to hear Lauryn Hill’s voice on a new album for over a decade, but film fans will get to hear the “Killing Me Softly” performer narrate the new documentary Concerning Violence.

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The archive film centers on native Africans’ fight against colonialism in the 1960s and 1970s. It includes excerpts from Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth. The 1961 book presented analysis of the psychology of colonized people and offered explanation for the decolonization political movement’s need to use force against their oppressors. The first chapter of The Wretched of the Earth is titled “Concerning Violence.”

The documentary’s director Göran Olsson spoke with Dazed about his Concerning Violence film. He revealed how Ms. Hill became part of the project.

Olsson said:

I knew through mutual friends that she was a huge reader of Fanon, so I wrote a paper letter and manuscript with images while she was in prison for tax problems. She replied immediately and said it’s too strange, I’m here in prison and I’m reading that book now. So she said, I will not only do the voice-over, I will also do the music. She wasn’t released until late October, so we didn’t have the time for her to make music, but she was released from prison on Friday, on Monday morning she was in the studio making the recording for the narration.

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Watch the trailer for Concerning Violence below.