Searching For Sugar Man
3. October 2012

An incredible story about the universal power of music, hope and recognition.

In the end of the 1960s Sixto Rodriguez was disvovered by two recognized musicproducers at a concert in a small bar in Detroit. They were impressed by Rodriguez sound and prophet-like lyrics. It resulted in an album which the two producers thought would secure Rodriguez a place among the most influential musiciens of his time. In stead almost nothing happend.

Rodriguez quickly dissapeared into terrible rumours of suicide on stage.

However, on the other side of the world in South Africa a bootleg copy was spread and during the next two decades Rodriguez album Cold Facts was one of the most sold and significant albums in the country. The album became an inspiration for the suppressed south africans to protest against apartheid and the goverment.

In 1996 two south african fans set out to solve what had happend to their lost idol. They found a story which exceeded all expectations and excisting myths about Rodriguez.

Documentarist Malick Bendjelloul first encountered the story about Rodriguez back in 2006, where he was working on another project in Capetown for Swedish television. Bendjelloul quickly discovered how beloved the mexi-american musicien was among the south africans. Bendjelloul had to tell the amazing story and mystery of Sixto Rodriguez.


Length: 86 minutes
Languages: English, danish subtitles
Director: Malik Bendjelloul
Producer: Simon Chinn