Searching for Sugar Man

A documentary about fandom and freedom, information and misinformation, fleeting fame and everlasting art, it tackles all of these qualities with remarkable ease and - of course - a great soundtrack.
-William Goss, Film.com

Synopsis

In the late ‘60s, two celebrated producers, who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, discovered a musician in a Detroit bar. 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. SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.

Theatrical Release Date

Friday, August 10, 2012
Original Languages: English
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 86 min.
Year: 2011

CREDITS

DIRECTED BY
Malik Bendjelloul

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PHOTOS

Malik Bendjelloul (director). Photo by Sven-Ake Visen, Courtesy of Malik Bendjelloul/Sony Pictures Classics
Rodriguez. Courtesy of Malik Bendjelloul/Sony Pictures Classics
Rodriguez. Courtesy of Regan Rodriguez/Sony Pictures Classics
Rodriguez. Photo by Hal Wilson, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Rodriguez. Courtesy of Regan Rodriguez/Sony Pictures Classics
Rodriguez. Photo by Hal Wilson, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Craig Bartholomew-Strydom. Photo by Camilla Skagerström, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Rodriguez. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Stephen ?Sugar? Segerman. Photo by Camilla Skagerström, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Rodriguez. Courtesy of Regan Rodriguez/Sony Pictures Classics
Rodriguez. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Rodriguez. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Rodriguez. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Rodriguez. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Rodriguez. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Willem Möller. Photo by Camilla Skagerström, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Rodriguez. Courtesy of Malik Bendjelloul/Sony Pictures Classics
Stephen ?Sugar? Segerman. Photo by Camilla Skagerström, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.