The Oscar-winning documentary Music By Prudence premieres on HBO2 tonight at 8 p.m. ET in the U.S. It's played at several American film festivals and the DVD will be released later this summer (so we in Canada can see it too!).
Prudence, the hero of the film (front centre), is born with arthrogryposis, a condition that causes contractures of her joints and eventually results in her legs being amputated. Her paternal grandmother wants her dead, but her mother keeps her. Despite overwhelming odds, she ends up at a school for kids with physical disabilities and blooms there, starting an Afro-fusion band called Liyana with fellow students and musicians (above). She now teaches music at the school and choreographs dances from her wheelchair.
I'm disappointed I won't be able to view the film tonight, but hope some of our followers will tell us about it tomorrow!