SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

By Malik BENDJELLOUL

COMPACT MEDIA GROUP - as CONS

Documentary - Completed 2011

Rodriguez was the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was. Hailed as the finest recording artist of his generation he disappeared into oblivion - rising again from the ashes in a completely different context many miles away. SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN is about hope, inspiration and the power of music.

Festivals
& Awards

Sundance Film Festival 2012
World Cinema Competition World Cinema Audience Award; World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize for its 'Celebration of Artisti
Tribeca FF 2012
Documentary Competition 2nd place Audience Award
Moscow IFF 2012
Competition Best Documentary
Durban IFF 2012
DIFF Documentary Audience Choice Award
Melbourne IFF 2012
Audience Award
Deauville American FF 2012
Docs de l'Oncle Sam
    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM, SWEDEN
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 82 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Malik BENDJELLOUL
    • Producer(s)
    • Simon CHINN (Red Box Films), Malik BENDJELLOUL
    • Synopsis
    • Rodriguez was the greatest ’70s U.S. rock icon who never was. His albums were critically acclaimed, but sales bombed, and he faded away into obscurity among rumors of a gruesome death. However, as fate would have it, a bootleg copy of his record made its way to South Africa, where his music became a phenomenal success. In a country suppressed by apartheid, his antiestablishment message connected with the people.
      When his second album finally gets released on CD in South Africa, two fans take it as a sign, deciding to look into the mystery of how Rodriguez died and what happened to all of the profits from his album sales. Since very little information about the singer exists, they meet many obstacles until they uncover a shocking revelation that sets off a wild chain of events that has to be seen to be believed. Searching for Sugar Man is a story of hope, inspiration, and the resonating power of music.
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