New Afrofuturistic Punk Musical by Saul Williams

Explore Afrocentricity, decoloniality, and liberation in this visually stimulating treat

Saul Williams

Saul Williams brings his unique Afrofuturistic vision to a sci-fi punk musical. “Neptune Frost” is a visually stimulating commentary on colonialism, gender, and modern politics. The musical tells the story of two enslaved, Neptune and Matalusa coltan miners, and how their connection sparks a revolution driven by technology.

In this dazzling and invigorating new film set between states of being — past and present; dream and waking reality; male and female; free and slave — an intersex runaway and an escaped coltan miner meets through the will of cosmic forces, and their connection sparks.

Co-directed by Saul Williams, and Rwandan-born Cinematographer Anisia Uzeyman, Neptune Frost is an ambitious project that fuses the creators’ many interests — music, science fiction, social commentary, African-American culture — into one multi-layered whole. The result is a powerful and thought-provoking work that is sure to leave audiences both moved and inspired.

The Afrofuturistic sci-fi musical 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.

With a mix of live action and animation, the film draws on themes of Afrocentricity, decoloniality, and liberation to create a unique vision of the future that is both critical and hopeful.

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Neptune Frost is a groundbreaking work of Afrofuturist cinema that is sure to start a worldwide conversation about the role of technology in liberation movements.

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