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Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman's Neptune Frost

Northwest Film Forum

Mar 29Apr 02

Event Dates

  • Wed Mar 29 through Sun Apr 02
  • Wed Mar 29 through Sun Apr 02


Northwest Film Forum

Neptune Frost Screening at Northwest Film Forum

Co-presented with Black Cinema CollectiveMeany Center for the Performing Arts and UW Simpson Center for the Humanities

Neptune Frost: Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman, Rwanda/US, 2021, 105 min, in English, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Swahili and French with English subtitles.

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 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.

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Watch the Neptune Frost trailer HERE