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Nguzo Saba Films

Overview
Works: 27 works in 53 publications in 1 language and 325 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Folklore  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Illustrations  Juvenile works  Drama  Fiction 
Classifications: E185.925, 398.2
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Publications about Nguzo Saba Films
Publications by Nguzo Saba Films
Most widely held works by Nguzo Saba Films
The Cotton Club ( visu )
3 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 46 libraries worldwide
Highlights the lifestyle and experiences of five jazz performers who appeared in the Cotton Club shows during the Harlem renaissance era, including Avon Long, Cab Calloway, Estrellita Morse, and Fayard and Harold Nicholas. Presents vintage film clips of the artists and an impromptu performance by the group
The Black West ( visu )
3 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 45 libraries worldwide
Provides insights into the experience of the Afro-American cowboy and the settler families of the late 1800s and early 1900s through reenactments and personal narratives. George Ellison recalls his life as a cowboy, Frank Greenway relives his feats as one of the great rodeo competitors of the early 1900s, and dramatizations picture Eunice Norris' memories of being an isolated Black child in the rugged West
Oscar Micheaux, film pioneer ( visu )
4 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 43 libraries worldwide
Oscar Micheaux is remembered for his work as a pioneer producer-director whose films offered a positive image and alternative for Black people in the 1920's and 30's. The film centers around the on-camera reminiscences of two performers who appeared in Micheaux's films, Bee Freeman and Lorenzo Tucker. Also included are dramatic reenactments of Micheaux directing and touring the country to sell his films
When the animals talked ( visu )
3 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 25 libraries worldwide
Educator and folklorist Rev. William Faulkner provides fresh insight into Afro-American folklore. He picks up new stories on a fishing trip and reintroduces the real Brer Rabbit
Kuumba ( visu )
4 editions published between 1978 and 1983 in English and held by 23 libraries worldwide
An animated story about a young boy who is searching for a new instrument with which to celebrate Trinidad's pre-Easter Carnival. Shows his success in fabricating a steel drum from the carefully indented bottom of an oildrum. For elementary grades
The Facts of life ( visu )
3 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 22 libraries worldwide
Features the life and work of blues musician Willie Dixon, a composer, producer, and performer who has written over 700 blues songs. Shows him at his home, recording studio, and in performance, and includes dramatic reenactments from his life
Portrait of two artists ( visu )
3 editions published in 1982 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 20 libraries worldwide
Features Black American artists Hughie Lee-Smith and Jacob Lawrence. Shows their work and looks in on a class taught by Mr. Lee-Smith. Visits the artists in their studios and included animated sequences of the illustrations of Mr. Lawrence's children's book Harriet and the Promised Land
Sports profile ( visu )
4 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 13 libraries worldwide
Focuses on Artie Wilson, a celebrity in the Negro Baseball League, as he tours his old Birmingham neighborhood and reminisces. Reenactments highlight his childhood and career. Looks at the life and career of Alice Coachman, a Black Olympic Gold Medal high jumper and sprinter
Noel's lemonade stand ( visu )
2 editions published between 1981 and 1983 in English and held by 13 libraries worldwide
Noel's sidewalk lemonade stand is not doing so well until his neighbors start supplying him with baked goods to sell along with his lemonade. Then business starts booming and they all share in the profits
Kujichagulia ( visu )
2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 13 libraries worldwide
Kujichagulia is a Swahili word meaning self-determination. This animated folktale is set in the Australian outback. Two kangaroos that misplaced in a village of platypuses trying to be like the animals around them. Consequently they lose the ability to hop and also fail to learn how to swim
Imani ( visu )
2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 11 libraries worldwide
Tells the tale of a masai girl, Beegie and her dream of an inheritance of an egg. The dream is interpreted by her mother as a lesson in faith
Ujima ( visu )
2 editions published between 1983 and 1993 in English and held by 11 libraries worldwide
When a farmer in West Africa sees that a dam is about to burst and drown his neighbours in the valley below, he sets his own house on fire. The villagers rush up the hill to help him and in turn are saved from the flood
Nia ( visu )
2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
Demonstrates doing one's best for the good of the community in a tale set in East Africa
Mary Jean and the green stone ( visu )
in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
Imani ( visu )
2 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
"Imani" is an African word which means "faith." In this tale, Beegie dreams that her father leaves her an inheritance of a magic egg which he tells her she must take out to a tree and sing to each day at dusk. Although she is afraid and thinks it's silly to sing to an egg, she does so because she trusts her father and has faith in his wisdom
Ujima ( visu )
1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
"When a farmer in West Arica sees that a dam is about to burst and drown his neighbours in the valley below, he sets his house on fire. The villagers rush up the hill to help him and in turn are saved from the flood. In a strong community, its members must feel a responsibility for each other."
Ujima ( visu )
1 edition published in 1975 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
"Ujima" is an East African word which means sharing the work of building a community. The story is of the old healer, Modupe, who saves the village during a flood. Because the villagers ran to save Modupe, whose home they thought was burning, they saved their own lives
Umoja ( visu )
in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
Using animation, this film recounts the tale of the Bengal tiger who refuses to let anyone near the food and water around his habitat after a drought has destroyed all the other food and water in the area. Driven by hunger and thirst, the other animals get together, and, led by a rabbit, they trick the tiger and get their food and drink. The point of the film is to show how much people can accomplish by working together in unity, rather than individually
Umoja: Tiger and the big wind ( visu )
1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
The title of this Black folktale is an African word which means unity. The animals work together with a rabbit to trap a tiger who won't share his water and a pear tree. In a chanting style, William Faulkner retells the story which he learned in childhood. Odetta sings at the beginning and the end of the film
Imani: Beegie and the egg ( visu )
1 edition published in 1976 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Beegie, a Massai girl 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. Each night, Beegie follows her father's instructions and sings to the egg. It grows and changes, eventually breaking open to release a large collection of African animals. "Imani" is a Swahili word meaning faith and purpose
 
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