Houston Cinema Arts Society partners with MFAH Films, and The Big Queer Picture Show to celebrate Pride Month with screenings of Neptune Frost at the Brown Auditorium Theater from June 24-26.
Official Selection: Cannes Film Festival (Directors’ Fortnight), Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival
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 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.
In Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Swahili, French, and English with English Subtitles
|Country, Year||Rwanda, 2021|
|Director||Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman|
|Cast||Cheryl Isheja, Bertrand Ninteretse "Kaya Free," Eliane Umuhire, Dorcy Rugamba, Rebecca Mucyo, Trésor Niyongabo, Eric Ngangare “1Key,” Natacha Muziramakenga, Elvis Ngabo "Bobo,"with the special participation of Cécile Kayirebwa|
|Producer||Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Hendel|
|Runtime||105 MINS, SECS|