SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

Sony Pictures Classics: Anniversary Screening


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US 2012, 86 min, Director: Malik Bendjelloul

Detroit-born Sixto Rodriguez may be the best singer-songwriter you’ve never heard of. Though a respected early 1970s folk musician, he faded into obscurity after his first two albums failed to sell. In fact, it almost seemed as if he winked out of existence. But in South Africa, Rodriguez—sometimes called the “Sugar Man” after one of his songs—became a hero, and when the Apartheid government banned that song his legend only grew. Malik Bendjelloul’s Oscar®-winning documentary tells the uplifting story of how one person can galvanize a people, even without knowing it. Plus, Rodriguez’s songs are genuinely great, his clever lyrics performed with a voice that mixes Bob Dylan’s raspiness with the sweetness of Bread’s David Gates. Searching for Sugar Man is that rare movie that tells a great story and feeds the soul. —David Riedel

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Director

Malik Bendjelloul was born in Ystad, Sweden, in 1977, and SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN was his only film. The documentary won numerous awards, among them an Oscar®, a BAFTA, two Sundance Film Festival Awards, and a Writers Guild of America, USA prize. He died in Stockholm in 2014, at 36.

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Year:

2012

Running Time:

86 min

Director:

Malik Bendjelloul

Producers:

Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn

Cinematographers:

Camilla Skagerström

Editors:

Malik Bendjelloul

Writers:

Malik Bendjelloul, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Craig Bartholomew Strydom

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