Music by Prudence

2009 USA / Duration: 33 mins

This short, moving documentary is about a memorable character named Prudence Mabhena who was born severely disabled in Zimbabwe, a country where many believe that the handicapped are cursed by witchcraft. Her grandmother refused to believe that pernicious stereotype and saved Prudence from a life on the streets. Despite her physical challenges, Prudence was blessed with a remarkable voice that has become an instrument for social change in Africa. She and her band, Liyana—which is comprised entirely of disabled musicians—have gained a sturdy platform after this film won an Academy Award for short documentary this year. (And, yes, director Roger Williams’ Oscar speech was the one that was notoriously “Kanyed.”) Prudence is in Telluride and will perform after the film screens.
—DH

2010 Official Selection

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