Afro-Futurism | Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman's Acclaimed Film 'Neptune Frost' In Limited N American Release June 3 2022
From a media release:
Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman's Acclaimed Afro-Futurist Sci-Fi Musical
Opens in Theaters Nationwide June 3 2022
Multi-hyphenate, multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams brings his unique dynamism to this Afro-Futurist 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 his partner, 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.
Rwanda / U.S. | 2021 | 105m
In Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Swahili, French, and English with English Subtitles
Official Selection: Cannes' Directors Fortnight, Toronto International Film Festival, The New York Film Festival, BFI London, Sundance Film Festival
Dedza Films, Recipient of Sundance's Catalyst Pilot Program Will Partner with Kino Lorber on the Release
About Saul Williams
Saul Williams is an American poet, musician, and actor. He made his acting debut in Marc Levin’s Slam, which he co-wrote. The film won Sundance's Grand Jury Prize and the Cannes Camera D'Or in 1998. Saul was a series regular on Girlfriends and has appeared in films including: K-Pax, Lackawanna Blues, New York, I Love You, Akilla’s Escape (TIFF 2020) and Alain Gomis's TEY, which won 2013's L'Etalon D'Or at FESPACO. He has published five books of poetry and as a musician, has released six albums and collaborated with artists including: Janelle Monae, Trent Reznor, Nas, Massive Attack, Erykah Badu, and more.
About Anisia Uzeyman
Anisia Uzeyman is a Rwandan born actress, playwright, and director. As an actress, Anisia starred in Alain Gomis's TEY and Guetty Felin's Ayiti, Mon Amour (TIFF 2016). Her experimental film DREAMSTATES, shot entirely on iPhones, premiered at LAFF in 2016.