Film: Searching for Sugar Man

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On January 28, 2013
Last modified:January 28, 2013


A heart warming look at a lost talent


Documentary about a long forgotten American protest singer, Rodriguez, who having failed to sell even ten records in the US, turns his back on music to live an impoverished life in Detroit.

Unbeknownst to him, his two seminal albums from the early 70’s, become huge hits in South Africa, making him a bigger star there than even the Rolling Stones or Elvis.

The film documents two dedicated South African fans, who spend the best part of a decade, tracking him and de-bunking the myth that he had committed suicide live on stage, and bring him home to a hero’s welcome to packed stadiums in South Africa.

It’s a heart warming look at a lost talent, especially the joyful scenes of his first concerts in South Africa, playing to a crowd that can scarcely believe that the man that wrote the soundtrack to their young lives in Apartheid era South Africa is alive, and playing in front of them.

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