Friday, December 14, 2012

Searching For Sugar Man

Director: Malik Bendjelloul

Singer-songwriter Sixto ‘Rodriguez’ was the Latin Bob Dylan and enjoyed immense popularity in the sixties but his two albums failed to sell well. As a consequence his record company dropped him and he would have been completely over looked had it not been for one curious situation. His bootleg album sold well in South Africa because his lyrics about life and activism caught on with the opponents of apartheid, and his haunting songs became massive hits. The documentary traces the origins of Rodriguez's career and music, and talks to the South Africans who were inspired by his music and labored to uncover what happened to the man. Stories of his on-stage suicide and the meandering money trail from his record sales help propel a singularly fascinating true-life tale that many of its participants still find difficult to believe.

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