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Neptune Frost

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United States, Rwanda · 2022
1h 45m
Director Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman
Starring Cheryl Isheja, Bertrand Ninteretse, Eliane Umuhire, Elvis Ngabo
Genre Drama, Music, Science Fiction

In this sci-fi punk musical, the love between an intersex runaway and a coltan miner inspires a revolution. The two lovers start an anti-colonialist hacker encampment in a Rwandan village, where they conspire to overthrow the authoritarian regime oppressing them.

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Slant Magazine by Jake Cole

The film thrillingly captures the social, economic, political, and material character of Rwanda in the age of global communication.


IndieWire by Jude Dry

Transmitting a massive download of ideas into one film, there’s no doubt that Williams and Uzeyman have creativity to spare, and they deserve all the support they can get to share it with the world. When you’re this close to the divine, the medium is a pretty-enough message.


The Film Stage by Michael Frank

Neptune Frost has a quality of few films: pure, authentic creativity. It can be overwhelming, mudding up the actual narrative of a movie that coasts around genres, topics, and emotions. It confuses more than it explains. But none of that matters. It always has something important to say and a powerful way to say it.


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Sarah-Tai Black

While Neptune Frost is at no loss for multi-faceted thinking, its development of these concepts too often remains at the surface of meaning. The Black futures envisioned here are largely concerned with aesthetics and, while sonically and visually lush, seem hollow in comparison to the range of their full potential.

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