searching for the sugar man

“astonishing”

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Music Documentary

83 min

2012

Malik Bendjelloul

synopsis

From the Academy Award-winning producer of MAN ON WIRE comes a powerful, unforgettable music mystery.

In the late ‘60s, a musician was discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, it became a phenomenon. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez.

cast:

Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey

crew:

Malik Bendjelloul, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman

fan quotes:

"Great film, well worth the watch!" - John Smith

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