Monday, April 19, 2010

Weekend with Prudence

This weekend, Oscar winning director/producer, Roger Ross Williams, showed his film, Music by Prudence at my local library. Williams is perhaps most famous for his Kanye moment at the Oscars:

"Music by Prudence" is a short documentary film that explores the life of Prudence Mabhena. Prudence is a young woman from Zimbabwe living with Arthrogyposis. In Zimbabwe, disabled people have been seen as a curse and some even believe that their disabilities are caused by witchcraft. For Prudence, living with a disability has been no picnic, as she was abandoned by her parents as a child and was raised by her grandmother before she went on to attend King George VI School and Centre for Children with Disabilities in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The film follows Prudence and her band mates from their group, Liyana, that was formed with classmates from the school.

I encourage everyone to check out this film. You'll be touched by Prudence's energy and spirit as she and her band mates show that people with disabilities are enabled, not disabled. And I encourage you to catch a screening with the filmmaker if you get the chance. He was very well spoken, answered everyone's questions, and even showed off his Oscar.

Look for Roger Ross Williams and Prudence making press rounds in May and catch the film on HBO on May 12th.

To learn more about the film:
http://www.musicbyprudence.com/

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