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‘NEPTUNE FROST’: Saul Williams And Anisia Uzeyman’s Visionary Afro-Futurist Musical

Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman’s Acclaimed Afro-Futurist Sci-Fi Musical opens June 3 at the Quad and BAM in NYC with National Rollout to Follow, Including the Laemmle Theaters in LA , June 10.

It is executive produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Stephen Hendel (“Finding Fela”) and featured all-original music by Saul Williams.

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 by 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.

It stars 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.

Saul Williams is an American poet, musician, and actor. He made his acting debut in Marc Levin’s Slam, which he co-wrote. The film won Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize and the Cannes Camera D’Or in 1998. Saul was a series regular on Girlfriends and has appeared in films including: K-Pax, Lackawanna Blues, New York, I Love You, Akilla’s Escape (TIFF 2020) and Alain Gomis’s TEY, which won 2013’s L’Etalon D’Or at FESPACO. He has published five books of poetry and as a musician, has released six albums and collaborated with artists including: Janelle Monae, Trent Reznor, Nas, Massive Attack, Erykah Badu, and more.

Anisia Uzeyman is a Rwandan born actress, playwright, and director. As an actress, Anisia starred in Alain Gomis’s TEY and Guetty Felin’s Ayiti, Mon Amour (TIFF 2016). Her experimental film DREAMSTATES, shot entirely on iPhones, premiered at LAFF in 2016.

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