BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
Cheryl Isheja, Elvis Ngabo “Bobo”, Bertrand Ninteretse “Kaya Free”,
Replete with mind-altering visual and sonic imagery, this Afrofuturist mélange of music, poetry, and resistance is hypnotic and visionary. Set in Rwanda, the film depicts a genderqueer community of hackers and techno poets. Though plot is secondary to style and rhythm, there is a young man named Matalusa who mines coltan, an essential ingredient of cell phones. He meets Neptune, a messianic figure able to change genders. Other characters offer bits of wisdom or a simple invitation to put on headphones and join their dance. As one of them observes, “The war forced us into other dimensions,” and Neptune Frost brings a few of those dimensions to vivid life, carving out a bold new vision for Black cinema as it does so.
Manu Luksch, Austria, Senegal, United Kingdom, 2019
Through the musicians and poets of Senegal, data analytics and manipulation are investigated.