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Fri 18 Nov 2022 - Tue 22 Nov 2022


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Rated 15


£8* Standard | £5* Student / Under 25s


Various (See dates below)

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Dir. Anisia Uzeyman, Saul Williams
2021 | 105 mins
Cheryl Isheja, Elvis Ngabo, Diogene Ntarindwa, Bertrand Ninteretse

Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Swahili, French, English with English Subtitles


  • Fri 18 Nov: 5.30pm
  • Sun 20 Nov: 1pm+ post screening discussion
  • Mon 21 Nov: 7.30pm
  • Tue 22 Nov: 5.30pm


Multidisciplinary artists Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman bring their unique dynamism to the Afro-futurist vision of Neptune Frost. It is a sci-fi-punk musical that’s a visually wondrous amalgamation of themes, ideas, and songs that they have been exploring in their work, including on Williams’ 2016 album MartyrLoserKing.

Neptune Frost takes place in the hilltops of Burundi, where a group of escaped coltan miners 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 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, colonised 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.



Dr Edson Burton is a writer, historian, programme-curator and performer based in Bristol. His academic specialisms include: Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Black History in the USA, Cultural continuities between Africa & the New World. He has been a consultant and coordinator for a range of HLF and Arts Council history projects in Bristol including most recently a study of Bristol’s Old Market ward Vice & Virtue (2014).

Edson has maintained a parallel career as a poet (Seasoned 2008) and writer for theatre and radio. His Radio dramas, the Armour of Immanuel (2007), the Chosen One (2009), have been Radio Four’s pick of the week. A long standing associate of Bristol’s Watershed Cinema Edson has curated the highly regarded Afrofuturist season (2014) which formed part of the BFI’S Fear and Wonder Sc-Fi season.

Dr Edson Burton will take part in a post-screening discussion on Sun 20 Nov.

Listen to Unamimous Goldmine (The Original Soundtrack of “Neptune Frost”) here:


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