Searching for Sugar Man

Nov 19 – 22
Mon 8:15
Tues 8:15
Wed 6:10 (last show)

(Sweden, UK / 2011 / directed by Malik Bendjelloul)
Unrated / 85 mins. 
In this breakout documentary (an audience favorite at this year’s Sundance Film Festival) two fans search for  Rodriguez, a troubadour of the early 1970s who vanished after two albums and a half-finished third…. Tells the true story of the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was, how he was rediscovered in a far off land and finally became the legend he always deserved to be.
In late-1960s Detroit, singer/songwriter Rodriguez attracted a following with his mysterious presence, soulful melodies, and prophetic lyrics. But after recording a few albums, he disappeared into obscurity, trailed by sensationalist stories surrounding his depression and death. When a bootleg record found its way to South Africa in the early 1970s, a time when South Africa was becoming increasingly divided by Apartheid, Rodriguez’s anti-establishment lyrics resonated with a whole generation of disaffected Afrikaners. Though banned by the government, his album went platinum and Rodriguez became elevated to cult status. In this pastiche of sweeping cityscapes, voice-over, and intimate interviews, Bendjelloul captures the moods of Detroit and South Africa in the seventies and the mysteries of what happened to Rodriguez and the profits from his record sales.
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