GenreDocumentary, Short, Biography CountryUnited States
Release dateApril 2010 (2010-04) CastGoodwell Nzou, Marvelous Mbulo, Energy Maburutse AwardsAcademy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject ProducersRoger Ross Williams, Elinor Burkett Similar moviesRecycled Life (2006), Emmanuels Gift (2005), Best Boy (1979), Lives Worth Living (2011), 39 Pounds of Love (2005)
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Music by Prudence is a 2010 short documentary film directed by Roger Ross Williams. It tells the uplifting story of the now 24-year-old Zimbabwean singer-songwriter Prudence Mabhena, and follows her remarkable transcendence from a world of hatred and superstition into one of music, love, and possibilities.
Music by Prudence won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) at the 82nd Academy Awards. The film premiered on HBO on May 12, 2010.
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Music by Prudence 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.
The main subjects of Music by Prudence, and members of the band "Liyana", are:
Prudence Mabhena - singer and composer (suffers from arthrogryposis)
Tapiwa Nyengera - back-up singer, keyboard, front man (has spina bifida)
Energy Maburutse - first marimba player, back-up vocalist (suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta, brittle bone syndrome)
Honest Mupatse - tenor marimba player (has hemophilia)