22 February 2021, 12:00 am
Searching for Sugar Man
Programme Type
Films and Exhibitions

Searching for Sugar Man (Sweden/UK/Finland) | (86 min; 2012; English)
Director: Malik Bendjelloul

Multiple award winner including Oscar Award for Best Documentary, Feature, Academy Awards, USA 2013; BAFTA Film Award for Best Documentary Film, BAFTA Awards 2013; Audience Award & Best Feature Length Documentary, Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2012; among many others

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 bizarrely heartening story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped, while a Detroit construction labourer discovered that his lost artistic dreams came true after all.