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 in March, 2010.
Produced by Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
Cinematography by Errol Webber