The film Pumzi seeks to represent the afrofuturistic elements of science and create a dialogue about the role of Africans in a post-apocalyptic society. Within the film there are a lot of objects that symbolize the dichotomy of hope and hopelessness of the present and future. The scene where the main character's superiors immediately dismissed the idea of there being signs of life in the outside world emphasized the disheartening hopelessness that seemed to be inherent in the future society deprived of water and life. When the main character defied her superiors and went on a journey to try and find the tree of her dreams, she was faced with the crushing reality that the tree was, in fact, dead. However, the girl gave her life so that she could bring more life into the world, as emphasized by the tree that grew as she was dying in the final scene of the film. This symbolizes an individual's sacrifice to create a better future for society and to create life where there was none.