The Oscar-winning HBO Documentary Music by Prudence is premiering Wednesday, May 12 at 8:00pm only on HBO2. The film follows Prudence Mabhena, a Zimbabwean singer who suffers from a disability called anthrogryposis. Here’s the trailer (which doesn’t give away much.)
According to HBO, in Zimbabwe, there is a traditional belief that children who are born disabled are a result of witchcraft and, as a result, physically challenged children are often neglected and rejected by their families. This 2009 Academy Award winner for Documentary Short Subject tells the story of Prudence and her Afro-fusion band Liyana, which is comprised of physically challenged musicians. Music by Prudence follows this strong and resilient young woman, whose wonderful voice has helped her leave behind the years of rejection and neglect towards a bright and hopeful future.