In a world of yesterday, today and tomorrow, dreamers seek to escape the neo-colonial powers in the hills of Burundi. This escape gives rise to an uprising against the world order, as well as a cosmic love story between a non-binary hacker and a coltan miner. With this Afrofuturist queer punk musical comedy, directors Anisia Uzeyman and Saul Williams break the rules of time and space, immersing the audience in a state between dream and reality, the real world and the virtual one. NEPTUNE FROST is a call to break free of the confines imposed upon us and dream up a better future.
In cooperation with: ISD Köln, Sonnenblumen Community, Development Group e.V.
NEPTUNE FROST Direction: Anisa Uzeyman, Saül Williams, DCP, OF m. engl. UT, 105 min
Joanna Peprah was born in Cologne in 1986. Since 2010 she has been a member of the Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland e. V. (ISD) and since 2021 spokesperson for “Köln stellt sich quer” (KSSQ). She is co-founder of the initiative “N-Wort Stoppen” and has organized the organization of Germany’s first online demonstration as social media manager for the initiative, as well as numerous other Germany-wide demonstrations and gatherings on the topic of racism & anti-Black racism. In 2012, she organized and coordinated the exhibition “Homestory Germany. Black Biographies in History and Present”. In 2021, she has developed various informational and educational programs and works as a presenter.
Lila Oji is a state-certified pedagogue, lives in Cologne and is studying to become a teacher in German and History. Since 2019 she has been volunteering for the “Sonnenblumen Community Development Group e. V. (SCDG)”, a black association in Cologne. There she co-organizes the Black History Month and other thematic workshops. She is co-founder of the Theodor Wonja Michael Library, the 1st library for Black literature in NRW, which opened on February 19, 2022. In addition to studying literature, she works as a vacation course instructor and German teacher/language learning facilitator for children and youth.
Pedro was born on 07 July 1985 in Luanda Angola. In the 1990s, he came to Germany with his family, where they had to go through the asylum procedure as refugees. From a young age, Pedro Mbavaidi was interested in music, sports, acting, and comedy. He was influenced by artists who portrayed many Afro-futuristic elements in their music and were known for their visual aesthetics. From 2011 to 2016, he studied dentistry at the Justus Liebig University in Gießen. Currently, Pedro is a rapper and songwriter, he dances the Angolan partner dance Kizomba and is part of a very small but emerging community with Afro-futuristic approaches.