Music by Prudence
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A still from Music by Prudence
1 Nomination / 1 Win
Year 2009
Director Roger Ross Williams
82nd Academy Awards

Music by Prudence is a 2010 short documentary film directed by Roger Ross Williams. Music by Prudence won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject). Music by Prudence premiered on HBO, on May 12, 2010.




The films tells a self-empowering story of one young woman's struggle who, together with her band, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds and, in her own voice, conveys to the world that "disability does not mean inability." Zimbabwean singer-songwriter Prudence Mabhena was born severely disabled. The society she was born into considers disabilities to carry the taint of witchcraft. Because of this, many disabled children are abandoned. But Prudence and the seven young members of the band she has formed called Liyana, all disabled, have managed to overcome stereotypes and inspire the same people that once saw them as a curse.


HBO Documentary Films Music By Prudence Trailer (HBO)

HBO Documentary Films Music By Prudence Trailer (HBO)