Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman · 2021 · France, Rwanda, USA
105min · DCP
Playing Jun 29
HELDOVER THRU 6/29! Multi-hyphenate, multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams brings his unique dynamism to this Afrofuturist sci-fi punk musical. It'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 his partner, the Rwandan-born artist Anisia Uzeyman, the film takes place amidst the hilltops of Burundi, where a collective of computer hackers emerges from within a coltan mining community, a result of the romance between a miner and an intersex runaway. 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.
Co-presented with Black Cinema Collective, a group of multicultural artists and scholars who examine and celebrate works of African and Afro-diasporic filmmakers.
** 6/29 screening will be followed by a community conversation **
“The future of Black cinema. Utilizes everything the medium has to offer.” Jourdain Searles, The Hollywood Reporter
“Visionary. A journey of visual ecstasy.” Valerie Complex, Deadline
“A sensory delight… bursting with life and ingenuity.” Jude Dry, Indiewire
“Hauntingly beautiful and deeply enigmatic.” Lisa Kennedy, Variety
“CRITIC’S PICK! Mind-bending. An Afrofuturist fantasia that is also a musical, a science-fiction parable and a hacker manifesto.” A.O. Scott, New York Times