The Films (total program time = 50 minutes)
Umoja = Unity
The Tiger and the Big Wind (1972, 8 min.). In a story based on a tale in William J. Faulkner’s folktale collection The Days When the Animals Talked, animals work together with a rabbit to trap a tiger who will not share his water and pear tree.
Ujima = Responsibility
Mudope and the Flood (1975, 5 min.) is about an old man who warns village harvesters of an impending flood by setting fire to his hut.
Imani = Faith
Beegie and the Egg (1976, 8 min.). Beegie is afraid to venture deep into the woods. She dreams about a magic egg entrusted to her by her father. To preserve its magic, she must take it into the forest and sing to it.
Kuumba = Creativity
Simon’s New Sound (1978, 8 min.) is about a young boy who is searching for a new instrument with which to celebrate Trinidad’s pre-Easter Carnival. He fashions a steel drum from the carefully indented bottom of an oildrum. Poet Opal Palmer is the voice of Simon.
Kujichagulia = Self-Determination
The Kangaroos Who Forgot (1979, 6 min.) is about two kangaroos in Australia who get lost and are adopted by a platypus family. They’re raised as good platypuses, but have they remained true to themselves?
Nia = Purpose
Mary Jean and the Green Stone (1980, 5 min.). Everyone in Mary Jean’s rural East African village wears a green stone which shines brightly as a beacon of cooperation. When Mary Jean hesitates to aid a neighbor, her stone flickers less brilliantly. Based on an Alice Walker short story.
Ujamaa = Economic Cooperation
Noel’s Lemonade Stand (1981, 9 min.). Noel enlists the help of neighbors in his city apartment building to supply homemade food to make his sidewalk lemonade stand a success.