Neptune Frost (2021)

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Neptune Frost

As part of Saturday’s PROGRESS programme, we’re thrilled to bring you afrofuturist fantasia Neptune Frost. A wondrous, thrilling sci-fi punk musical from multidisciplinary artists Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman.

It is a sci-fi-punk musical that’s a visually wondrous amalgamation of themes, ideas, and songs that they have been exploring in their work, including on Williams’ 2016 album MartyrLoserKing.

Neptune Frost takes place in the hilltops of Burundi, where a group of escaped coltan miners 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, colonised 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.

I found this utterly captivating and I’ve never seen anything quite like it. The music and poetry are beautiful and powerful, and while this feels totally of now and contemporary it speaks to the culture of storytelling and oral histories across African countries. This is one that needs to be seen in the cinema.” Thea Berry

For lovers of:
● Sci-Fi punk
● LGBTQIA+ cinema
● New music
● Costume

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