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Searching for Sugar Man

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN follows two fans seeking the truth about their hero – folk musician Sixto Rodriguez, who had a short lived career in the states but  – without the knowledge of Rodriguez himself – became a pop music icon in South Africa.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul
Year: 2012
Time: 86 min
Club Member Rating:
 Searching for Sugar Man
(2012) on IMDb

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Share this film. Give others the chance to be inspired and strengthened by Rodriguez’s story.

Support your local musicians and artists. Give their voices a chance to be heard.

Purchase music directly from musicians whenever possible because they receive a negligible amount from download sources like iTunes, and even less from streaming sources like Spotify.

Open your mind to people of different cultures and backgrounds. As Rodriguez’s daughter, Eva, says in the film, “Just because people are poor or have little doesn’t mean their dreams aren’t big or their souls aren’t rich.”

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The Quietus Interview:

“Rodriguez was at least as famous as The Rolling Stones, and yet not even the record label knew where he was.”

Read it here.

Rodriguez Takes the Detroit Stage, Enchants his Hometown Crowd

“Chatty between songs, Rodriguez came armed with an arsenal of goofy jokes and punny maxims, with a ribald crack about Minnie Mouse and a deadpanned moment early on: ‘I just want to be treated like an ordinary legend…'”

Read the story here.

Bedjelloul and Rodriguez Interview

Watch it on Youtube.

Rolling Stone: 10 Things You Don’t Know About Rodriguez

Did he attend the Oscar’s? Where was he discovered first? What does he do with his new found fame and fortune?

Rolling Stone has the answers.

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The New Yorker: Interview with Director Malik Bendjelloul

“I went to many places. I found quite a few pretty good stories, but this was the one I was like, ‘Wow, this is like a fairy tale, this is scripted, this sounds too good to be true.’

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