Searching for Sugar Man

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez.

Searching for Sugar Man
Sweden 2012
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86 min.
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In the late 1960s in Detroit, a mysterious singer-songwriter of Mexican parentage named Rodriguez was discovered. Although his first album, Cold Fact, was favorably reviewed and, according to experienced producers, his soulful, prophetic songs were comparable to the work of Bob Dylan, the talented musician soon fell into oblivion in the USA, and his name became associated with rumors of a shocking suicide onstage at an unsuccessful concert. But in the South African Republic, Rodriguez’s music became increasingly popular and his two albums still sell like hot cakes. As a result, a local music writer decided to play detective, launching an investigation into what happened to Rodriguez. Using unique archive material and a large dollop of excellent music, director Malik Bendjelloul investigates the fate of a man whose final comeback outstrips even the wildest tales in music history. The suspense-filled documentary was awarded at Sundance.

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Directed by: Malik Bendjelloul
Based on: Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Craig Bartholomew Strydom
Screenplay: Malik Bendjelloul
Camera: Camilla Skagerström
Editing: Malik Bendjelloul
Design: Malik Bendjelloul
Production: Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn
Coproduction: George Chignell, Malla Grapengiesser, Nicole Stott
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Awards

Academy Awards

2013 – Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn (Best Documentary)

BAFTA Awards

2013 – Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn (Best Documentary)

Sundance Film Festival

2012 – Malik Bendjelloul (Special Jury Prize)

Sundance Film Festival

2012 – Malik Bendjelloul (Audience Award)

Durban International Film Festival

2012 – Malik Bendjelloul (Best Documentary)

Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival

2012 – Malik Bendjelloul (Best Documentary)

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