Screening of Neptune Frost
Saul William's Award-Winning Afrofuturist Musical
(Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman, 2021, 105 min, U.S./Rwanda, DCP)
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. Co-directed with the Rwandan-born artist and cinematographer Anisia Uzeyman.
In the hilltops of Burundi 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.
“Critic’s Pick! Mind-bending.” – The New York Times
"It’s a war cry that’s simultaneously a galvanizing call to action, a message of hope and a reminder that a different world is possible." – Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times
— Preceded by the short film, ALHAMDU | MUSLIM FUTURISM (MIPSTERZ, 2021, 5 min, USA)
An ethnographic montage of a speculative Muslim future where Muslim joy is a form of resistance, a form of liberation. The sheer act of imagining a utopian existence is an act of self-preservation and survival.
Sponsor: Forum for Scholars and Publics,
Co-Sponsors: Duke Cinematic Arts, Department of African and African American Studies, Duke Arts, Duke Islamic Studies Center
Related event - Wed Sept 7, 7:00pm:
Come out to NorthStar Church of the Arts for a listening session of Saul Williams' albums, "MartyrLoserKing" and "Encrypted & Vulnerable", guided by Dasan Ahanu. We'll listen and break down the lyrics and music and Williams' vision for this Afrofuturist project.
Watch video of Saul Williams’ visit to Duke in Fall 2016.
Watch Saul Williams and Mark Anthony Neal in conversation at the Full Frame Theater, Fall 2016.