Set in Afrofuturist tradition, this sci-fi musical drama narrates the journey of those who run away from war and famine – or “death”. Neptune Frost begins 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. They become the messengers of rebellion against the code system and embody the reawakening of human spirit. Harsh realities are bridged with dreamy and mesmerizingly crafted musical scenes and recycled sculpture-like costumes.
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. Multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams and cinematographer Anisia Uzeyman bring a unique dynamism to this Afrofuturist vision, a sci-fi queer punk musical: “The dialogue is poetry, unconcerned with coherence or a literal understanding of what’s taking place on screen.”