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Searching For Sugar Man


Searching For Sugar Man
Country: South Africa-U.S.A
Director: Malik Bendjelloul
Language: English

The incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, he recorded an album they believed would make him the greatest recording artist of his generation. The album bombed. Rodriguez disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But in white South Africa, the bootlegged album became an anthem for the anti-apartheid revolution. Rodriguez was more popular than The Rolling Stones. He never knew. The film follows two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero and uncovers a story about hope, inspiration and the power of music.

Awards: 27, including:

Academy Award – Best Documentary
Sundance – Audience choice
Sundance – Special Jury Award
Amsterdam -Audience award
Athens – Golden Athena
London Critic’s Circle – Best documentary
Hamburg – Art Cinema Award
Melbourne – Most popular documentary
Moscow- Silver St. George

“An extraordinary journey.” – David Edwards, Daily Mirror
“You should see it. A disarming take on the meaning of success” – Time Out Magazine
“An unexpected window on the secret history of white South Africa” – The Guardian
“One of the greatest and most moving documentaries ever made.” – Q Magazine

PG 13 Brief strong language and some drug references.
Runs: 1hr 25 minutes

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