The Irish Premiere of Neptune Frost, the extraordinary Afrofuturist fiction from Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman and executive produced by Lin-Manual Miranda, will open the inaugeral Bohemian Environmental Justice Film Festival (BEFF) hosted by Bohemian Football Club this September 8 – 11.
Set in a Rwandan village made of computer parts, the film tells the story of the meeting of intersex runaway hacker and a coltan miner in a Burindian e-waste camp and the resulting spark that ignites a rebellion against the authoritarian regime. The cast is made up of newcomers Elvis Ngabo, Cheryl Isheja and Kaya Free and features original songs and rhymes by co-director Saul Williams. The film premiered in Cannes’ Directors Fortnight in 2021 and was nominated for the Queer Palm award.
Neptune Frost will open a 4 day programme of films, Q&As and events in the Lighthouse Cinema, and outdoors at Dalymount Park, home of Bohemians. The programme will include a range of feature, documentary and family films. Film fans will be able to buy the Dalymount Special – the BEFF Festival Pass which gives access to all outdoor screenings and events for just €15.
Bohemians’ Climate Justice Office Sean McCabe said of the festival;
“This festival is about platforming films that speak to the injustice of lives lived on the front lines of environmental distruction and exploitation – and the resistance mounted by ordinary people to fight these injustices. It’s exciting for us to have the opportunity to bring important and inspiring films to Dublin – for 120 years Dalymount Park has been a hub of culture, as well as football, and this festival is a continuation of that tradition”.
Speaking of the Premier, Sean said, “In Neptune Frost, we have a film that exposes the most overlooked aspects of the struggle for environmental justice: decolonialism, class, inequality and gender. We hope that with films such as this, the BEFF will bring something new and impactful to the conversation about climate and environment in Ireland.”
The festival is the first of its kind in the world and aims to develop into an annual fixture to will bring to light the injustices faced by communities in Ireland and worldwide and the prospects for reparation.
The festival is sponsored by Oatly and is part of the Bohemian Way, a Creative Climate Action project funded by Creative Ireland.
BEFF is sponsored by Oatly and supported by Creative Ireand Climate Action Fund and Bohemians Football Club.