Searching for Sugar Man

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Shown: January 5, 2016 at 6pm

Director : Malik Bendjelloul

Country : Sweden

Release Date : 2012

Duration : 86 mins

Language : English

Subtitles : No

A heart-warming documentary.  In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well-received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long rumoured there to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the 1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero’s fate. What follows is a bizarre story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped.

“A hugely appealing documentary about fans, faith and an enigmatic Age of Aquarius musician who burned bright and hopeful before disappearing.”  (Manohla Dargis – New York Times)