Competition Documentary Shorts
Music By Prudence
DIRECTED BY ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS
IN ENGLISH AND NDEBELE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Nestle® Cranberry Raisinets® Audience Award for Best Short Film
Prudence Mabhena is just a few feet tall. Born with a rare congenital disorder, her legs are stumps; her arms wizened and useless. Her torso looks barely capable of holding lungs, but from those lungs emerges a singing voice that shakes rafters across Zimbabwe. Though disabilities carry the taint of witchcraft in her society, 19-year-old Prudence has stood up proudly as lead singer of Liyana, a band of seven young, disabled Zimbabweans. In their joyous, soulful concerts, Prudence and her friends radiate hope and humor—destroying stereotypes and inspiring Africa’s disabled youth as well as the same people who once saw them as a curse. 2010 Academy Award Winner – Best Documentary Short Subject.