In the late ’60s two producers who were in a Detroit bar were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, so they got together with Rodriguez and recorded an album they believed would secure him as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation.
The album soon bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity with talks of a gruesome suicide, but when a bootleg recording made its way into apartheid South Africa, for the next two decades, Sixto Rodriguez became a phenomenon.
The movie follows the story of two Cape Town fans who set out to find out what really happened to him. They wanted to find out if the rumoured death of their hero was really true, and, if not, find out what had become of him.
Searching for Sugar Man is a Swedish/British documentary film directed by Malik Bendjelloul and produced by Simon Chinn and John Battsek. In February 2013 it won the Oscar Award for Best Documentary Feature.
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