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Rated PG-13 · 85 min. · 2012


This intriguing and redemptive documentary from the Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul reminds us that success in music relies on more than mere talent and song craft. Luck, timing and marketing are important, along with a healthy ego or a need to be known. These latter variables are why you most likely have not heard of the idiosyncratic Rodriguez, a folk-soul singer who emerged from Detroit in the late 1960s, recorded two albums and then vanished. But unbeknownst to him, his songs found an audience ... in South Africa at the height of apartheid as a generation of progressive whites found their anthems in Rodriguez's music. Decades later, two white South Africans search for more information on the enigmatic singer, who'd reportedly committed suicide. The film's revelations may not be terribly surprising, but what emerges is a portrait of a man even more beatific than we imagined.

See our full review: <i>Searching for Sugar Man</i> tells the strange tale of vanished counterculture icon Rodriguez

Searching for Sugar Man tells the strange tale of vanished counterculture icon Rodriguez

Rodriguez, an obscure musician from late 1960s Detroit, became a voice of a revolutionary generation in South Africa at the height of apartheid. »

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Director: Malik Bendjelloul
Writer: Malik Bendjelloul
Producer: Simon Chinn and Malik Bendjelloul
Cast: Stephen Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore, Dan DiMaggio, Jerome Ferretti, Steve Rowland, Willem Möller, Craig Bartholomew-Strydom, Ilse Assmann and Steve M. Harris


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