Neptune Frost – starting 6/10
Multi-hyphenate, multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams brings his unique dynamism to this
Afrofuturist vision, a sci-fi punk musical that’s a visually wondrous amalgamation of themes, ideas,
and songs that Williams has explored in his work, notably his 2016 album MartyrLoserKing.
Co-directed with the Rwandan-born artist and cinematographer Anisia Uzeyman, the film takes
place in the hilltops of Burundi, where a group of escaped coltan miners form an anti-colonialist
computer hacker collective. From their camp in an otherworldly e-waste dump, they attempt a
takeover of the authoritarian regime exploiting the region’s natural resources – and its people.
When an intersex runaway and an escaped coltan miner find each other through cosmic forces,
their connection sparks glitches within the greater divine circuitry. Set between states of being –
past and present, dream and waking life, colonized and free, male and female, memory and
prescience – Neptune Frost is an invigorating and empowering direct download to the cerebral
cortex and a call to reclaim technology for progressive political ends.
In Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Swahili, French, and English with English Subtitles