Neptune Frost

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Certificate15
Year2021
GenreDrama, Musical, Sci-Fi
DirectorSaul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman
WritersSaul Williams
LanguageKinyarwanda, Kirundi, Swahili, French, English
CountryUSA, Rwanda, France, Canada
Running Time1HR 45MINS
Extra InfoEnglish subtitles
SeasonMain Programme

Multidisciplinary artists Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman bring their unique dynamism to the Afrofuturist vision of Neptune Frost, a sci-fi-punk-musical that’s a visually wondrous amalgamation of themes, ideas, and songs.

Neptune Frost 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 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.

"Enchanting and immersive... a war cry that’s simultaneously a galvanizing call to action, a message of hope and a reminder that a different world is possible." Los Angeles Times