Neptune Frost (Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman, 2021, 105 min, U.S./Rwanda, DCP)
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. Co-directed with the Rwandan-born artist and cinematographer Anisia Uzeyman.
In the hilltops of Burundi 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.
“Critic’s Pick! Mind-bending.” – The New York Times
== ** Preceded by the short film, ALHAMDU | MUSLIM FUTURISM (MIPSTERZ, 2021, 5 min, USA)
An ethnographic montage of a speculative Muslim future where Muslim joy is a form of resistance, a form of liberation. The sheer act of imagining a utopian existence is an act of self-preservation and survival.