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Searching for Sugar Man

Malik Bendjelloul

In the late '60s, a musician was discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. But the album they recorded bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity. A bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and 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. This is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.

Academy Award for Best Documentary - Oscar 2013, Academy Award for Best Documentary - BAFTA 2013, Audience Award, Special Jury Prize - Sundance 2012, Audience Award - IDFA 2012, Audience Award - Goteborg 2013, CBest Documentary -  Moscow 2012

Directed by 
Malik Bendjelloul
Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman
Sweden, UK



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