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This program of shorts focused on the black experiences focuses on family ties and connection and the important choices we make.

For Ages 11-14 | 73 minutes | Presented in English and original languages with English subtitles

Themes: Black Perspectives/ Black Lives, Be Unstoppable/Persistence , Problem Solving

Lil' Ruby

Based on Little Red Riding Hood, “Lil’ Ruby” reimagines the classic tale with a modern twist. The animated short follows Ruby, a gifted young Black girl from Brooklyn, as she leaves her home and takes the train to her grandmother Nanda’s house in Connecticut. When Ruby arrives for their annual "Girls Weekend" she discovers an unexpected visitor at Nanda’s house -- a financial advisor named Coleman Howell. Ruby quickly senses something isn’t right, puts the pieces together and formulates a brilliant plan. In the end, the clever and courageous Li’l Ruby proves she’s anything but little.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    9 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Midwest Premiere
  • Note
    THEMES: Cell phones, Internet/Social Media Ethics, Adaptation/Based on a Book, From Fairy Tale/Legend
  • Director
    Bartek Kik
  • Producer
    Elise Canup, Tasha Dean, Aurelien Simon, Hanna Drewek