Searching For Sugar Man
a film by Malik Bendjelloul
Tuesday 7th October
Wednesday 8th October
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 rumored 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 laborer discovered that his lost artistic dreams came true after all.
2013 | Academy Awards, USA: WINNER Oscar.
Duration: 86 minutes
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Mini Bio: Malik Bendjelloul, born in Sweden, performed in Swedish TV-series “Ebba och Didrik” as a child in the nineties and later in life studied Journalism and media-production at the Linnaeus University of Kalmar. He has produced several musical documentaries for Swedish Television (SVT) where he also worked as a reporter on the show “Kobra” until he resigned to travel the world. During these travels Malik Bendjelloul first came in contact with the story which was to develop into “Searching for Sugarman” somewhere in South America.