Still from NEPTUNE FROST
We’re excited to present a film program at WHOLE United Queer Festival, which takes place from August 26th – August 28th! Come to the Orangerie at the festival space for a special selection of shorts, as well as the opening film from this year’s XPOSED festival: NEPTUNE FROST!
Sunday, August 28th, 6pm
Post-Porn Performance Poetry
Take a seat, try not to concentrate too hard, and allow yourself to be immersed in images and sound. Intergenerational lesbian encounters, mermaid monsters and trans-feminine resilience, desexualisized bodies and desires, and, ultimately, a spiritual and queer reawakening through Sufi traditions. Sounds too intellectual? Let the films float and go with the flow.
Program length: 80 minutes
Uma paciência selvagem me trouxe até aqui (A Wild Patience Has Taken Me Here)
Érica Sarmet, Brazil 2021, 26 min
Tired of loneliness, a middle aged motorcyclist goes to a lesbian party for the first time. There she meets four young queers who share their home and affections. An encounter of generations, a tribute to those who brought us here.
Nadia Granados and Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau, Colombia & Germany 2021, 18 min
“Mojana” is an associative re-imagining of a Colombian myth and traditional song. A mermaid-monster, who is desired and punished: the man-eating, seductive Mojana. Agressions against this free and rare spirit are justified by obsessive love and desire. The film denounces the naturalized violence against this mythical female creature andvreappropiates her as a symbol of trans-feminine resilience. Kinematic bodies and animal-human hybrids. An absent body, which returns into representation. A history of dissident bodies who resist dying in a necropolitical system.
Érica Sarmet, Brazil 2017, 11 min
The body is not merely matter but a continual and incessant materializing of possibilities.
Journey to the CharBagh
Abdullah Qureshi, Pakistan & Finland 2019, 18 min
Drawing upon Sufi traditions of interpreting Islamic sacred texts, where love and equality are celebrated, Journey to the CharBagh is a poetic and experimental exploration of queerness from a Muslim perspective. The narrative focuses on the figure of the Buraq, a winged mythological creature with the ability to travel to heaven, encountering terrestrial and celestial beings, moving toward a spiritual and queer awakening.
Sunday, August 28th, 8pm
Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman, Rwanda & USA 2021, 105 min
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.”