|Music by Prudence|
|Directed by||Roger Ross Williams|
|Produced by||Roger Ross Williams |
Patrick Wright (co-producer)
|Starring||Prudence Mabhena |
|Cinematography||Derek Wiesehahn (director of cinematography) |
|Edited by||Geeta Gandbhir (editor)|
Patrick Wright (associate editor)
|Music by||Music Producer/additional composition Ted Mason|
Music by Prudence is a 2010 short documentary film directed by Roger Ross Williams. It tells the story of the then 24-year-old Zimbabwean singer-songwriter Prudence Mabhena, and follows her 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 12 May 2010.
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:
On 7 March 2010, Music by Prudence won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject). on YouTube
Music by Prudence also won: