Film Quarterly reprints the Preface to Göran Olsson’s documentary Concerning Violence: Nine Scenes from the Anti-Imperialistic Self-Defense. This preface written by renowned author, scholar and activitis Gayatri Chavrakovrty Spivak is handed out in printed form to audiences prior to screenings of the film. It is meant to set the tone and to provide background and commentary on the images that audiences will see in the film that aims to contextualize the writings of Frantz Fanon, in particular The Wretched of the Earth, upon which this film is based.
PREFACE TO CONCERNING VIOLENCE: NINE SCENES FROM THE ANTI-IMPERIALISTIC SELF-DEFENSE
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is University Professor at Columbia University, and the 2012 Kyoto Prize Laureate in Arts and Philosophy. She trains teachers and guides ecological agriculture in the western Birbhum district of West Bengal, India. She is a daughter of feminist parents, and deeply involved in feminism across the spectrum. Her most recent books include Other Asias (Blackwell, 2003), An Aesthetic Education in an Era of Globalization (Harvard University Press, 2012), and Readings (University of Chicago Press, October 2014). Her The World of W.E.B Du Bois is forthcoming.
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Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak; PREFACE TO CONCERNING VIOLENCE: NINE SCENES FROM THE ANTI-IMPERIALISTIC SELF-DEFENSE. Film Quarterly 1 September 2014; 68 (1): 61–62. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2014.68.1.61
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