Reel Black: Neptune Frost

Neptune Frost

Rwanda | 2021 | 105 min. | Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman

June 23, 2024

Reel Black: SoulGenre

A group of escaped coltan miners forms an anti-colonialist computer hacker collective in the hilltops of Burundi. They soon attempt a takeover of the authoritarian regime that's exploiting the region's natural resources—and its people.


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Sunday, June 23, 2024

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Directed by Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman, this Afrofuturistic masterpiece unfolds in a surreal blend of animation and live-action. The story follows Matalusa, a cyborg on a quest to liberate a digitized collective consciousness trapped in the oppressive system of an icy mega-corporation. As Matalusa navigates a dreamlike world, the film delves into themes of love, identity, and rebellion against technological tyranny. The visually stunning amalgamation of traditional African aesthetics and cyberpunk elements creates a mesmerizing visual language. With a pulsating soundtrack and poetic narrative, Neptune Frost transcends cinematic norms, offering a thought-provoking and immersive experience that challenges perceptions and ignites the spirit of resistance in the face of systemic control. This avant-garde journey is a triumph of storytelling that lingers in the mind long after the screen fades to black.

  • Director: Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman
  • Principal Cast: Cheryl Isheja, Bertrand "Kaya Free" Ninteretse, Eliane Umuhire, Rebecca Mucyo, Tresor Niyangabo, Elvis Ngabo, Dorcy Rugamba, Eric "1key" Ngangare, Cecile Kayirebwa
  • Country: Rwanda, USA
  • Year: 2021
  • Running Time: 105 min.
  • Producer: Ezra Miller, Stephen Hendel, Dave Guenette, Maria Judice
  • Screenplay: Saul Williams
  • Cinematographers: Anisia Uzeyman
  • Editors: Anisha Acharya
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Swahili, French, English
  • US Distributor: Kino Lorber
  • International Sales: CAA

Reel Black: SoulGenre

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From groundbreaking horror to electrifying sci-fi, each screening explores the cultural impact and creative brilliance of Black filmmakers in genres that have often been overlooked. Uncover the untold stories, delve into the symbolism, celebrate the diverse voices with guest speakers, and connect with local community organizations. Get ready for an extraordinary exploration of Black Excellence in genres that transcend boundaries and redefine storytelling.

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