Rabat – The first edition of ROOTS Rabat “The Pan-African Cinema Days” saw the screening of the film “Neptune Frost” by Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman on Tuesday evening at the Renaissance cinema in Rabat,

“Neptune Frost” is a futuristic African film that immerses audiences in a metaphorical world to raise awareness about the condition of miners who extract the raw materials essential to manufacture smartphones and other technological tools.

This is a committed feature film that invites reflection by describing with finesse and in the smallest details the suffering and pain of the “forgotten” of the 21st century.

From an artistic point of view, the costumes worn by the actors, the names given to the characters and the decor chosen reveal the place occupied by technology in our daily lives and give an idea of ​​the life cycle of technological products, which often end up in landfills found in the same countries where the minerals are extracted.

Conscious of the value of their work and the neglect of “others”, the miners question themselves philosophically about the tyranny of the world which surrounds them and which exploits them.

Surrounded by both mines and technological dumps, they try to revolt time and time again against the authoritarian system which violates their rights.

Punctuated by protest songs chanted in African and foreign languages, the film sheds light on the rebellion led by minors against the system of which they are a part, by forming a collective of anti-colonialist cyber-pirates who will rob the spotlight on their living conditions.

Initially conceived and designed for the theater, “Neptune Frost” became a film following the advice of the producers, said directors Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman in a statement to M24, MAP’s continuous news channel.

Shot in Rwanda, the film brought together a multi-talented artistic team, made up of Rwandans and Burundians who worked in perfect synergy.

Organized from March 12 to 16 at the initiative of the Hiba Foundation with the support of the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication, the first edition of ROOTS Rabat “The Days of Pan-African Cinema” aims to promote the creation of synergies and South-South cooperation to sustain the African film industry.

The Tanzanian “Vuta N’Kuvute”, a hymn to the anti-colonial struggle in Africa

The day before, the public had an appointment with the screening of the Tanzanian film “Vuta N’kuvute” (“The Rebellious” in Swahili) by director Amil Shivji, a hymn to the liberation movements in Africa and a rant against colonialism. and neocolonialism.

The film tells, against the background of a political revolt at the twilight of the British protectorate in Zanzibar around the 1950s, the idyll between Denge, a young fighter for the independence of his country, and Yasmin, an Indian-Zanzibari who has run away on her wedding night from the home of her husband, three times her age.

After fleeing this forced marriage, the heroine returns to Zanzibar where she is chased away by her scandalized family. She takes refuge on an island where she meets Dengi, a young revolutionary who has dedicated his life to the fight against British colonization. The chosen one of her heart imprisoned because of her activism, the young woman engages in a fierce fight to free him.

In a statement to MAP, the director said his film is the story of a romance between a young man imbued with communist ideals and a young woman victim of an arranged marriage. The first fights to liberate his country while the second fights to recover his own freedom, he explained, believing that the two fights are “inseparable”.

His feature film is adapted from an eponymous novel famous in his country, by the Swahili author Adam Shafi, which he had the opportunity to read when he was still a high school student dreaming of becoming a film director. The big screen adaptation of this novel is “a way for me to revisit history and try to understand the present through its prism”.

Concerning the role of cinema in the fight against the colonizer, the Tanzanian filmmaker stressed that the 7th art is a “formidable instrument of communication, resistance, understanding of history and analysis of the policies of the contemporary world”, making observe that African cinema draws its origin and its themes from the African nationalist movements of the 1960s.

From that time the seventh African art “took the opposite of the dominant system and became the voice of the fight against colonialism and political oppression”. “As Africans, we have our say and it is up to us to raise our voices to make ourselves heard. It is a form of struggle against neo-colonialism!”, He hammered .

In addition to the film “Vuta N’Kuvute”, the Pan-African Cinema Days saw the screening of a series of African feature films and short films open to the public.

“Vuta N’Kuvute” won the Tanit d’or in 2022 at the 33ᵉ edition of the Carthage Film Days (Tunisia) in the “feature films” category.

Pan-African Cinema Days in Raba: Screening of ”Neptune Frost” by ”Vuta N’Kuvute”