Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

Searching for Sugar Man
Searching for Sugar Man is a feature documentary film that tells the true story of Sixto Rodriguez, the greatest 70s rock icon who never was.

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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  • DigiWongaDude

    Brilliant Documentary!! I grew up with this legend, during the end times of Apartheid as a teenager. When I heard there was a movie coming out, I amazed…omg Rodriguez lives??!! The documentary is probably my favourite of all time, as I can relate to it so completely. Great site btw.

    • WatchDocumentaryFilms

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      • DigiWongaDude

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        • WatchDocumentaryFilms

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          • DigiWongaDude

            Brilliant! That was super fast!!! :-)

    • http://1iotofoto.wix.com/otofoto oQ

      Digi, WOW fuck…WOW!
      Got me in tears. And i want to go to South Africa and Namibia
      1i

      • Pysmythe

        You and Digi both led me to this one, and I have to agree that it’s one of the most outstanding documentaries I’ve ever seen. Like it says several times, the story is just so unlikely you’d have a hard time believing it as fiction. I’m a little stumped trying to figure out how to express how it makes me feel. A deeply moving, very human story. Rodriquez is like one of the great unrecognized songs of the earth, a small voice lost among so many others, that finally gets taken up by a million throats who were aware of it all along. There is a profound degree of beauty and love in his story, not least of all in bringing to light how someone can be an influence for the better in the world without knowing how far and deep they have managed to go. Thanks to both of you for recommending this one.

        • DigiWongaDude

          Awesome! Very well put :)

          • Pysmythe

            I’ll be watching this one again for sure. Probably very soon. Like in about an hour, lol.

          • http://1iotofoto.wix.com/otofoto oQ

            You may want to check out the one Dew suggested, I’m still lost in my thoughts about it. Nostalgia For The Light.
            Thanksgiving here up north.

          • Pysmythe

            Hey, I’m finally back home…
            Is the name of the doc Nostalgia for the Light?
            Canadian Thanksgiving? I imagine a lot of you guys were most thankful that you aren’t from the U.S., lol. I sure as hell would be these days.

          • http://1iotofoto.wix.com/otofoto oQ

            Happy to hear that you have headed home. You got the title right, beautiful testimony, I like how it unites those who look through the past in the sand and those who look for the future in the stars.
            Harper is the closest thing to an American redneck, so we are in no better situation.

      • DigiWongaDude

        Yeah I was in tears too (don’t tell anyone). I have so many great stories to tell about this but here’s a couple you’ll like…

        In 1999 (still believing he was long dead), I was working in central Scotland at a hotel. We had an assistant chef come over from Canada…a French Canadian guy. I can’t recall his name (I’ve met so many people over the years), but we became great friends, and he was learning guitar. I introduced him to Rodriguez – I had a copy of Cold Fact on tape with me. He was so amazed with the album, he learned many of his songs, and we would sing them together. A great way to get over a hard day’s slog and fussy customers. In the end I gave him that tape on the promise he would spread the word about Rodriguez back in Canada. I have no doubt he did just that…I just hope he’s seen this film! (He’d be as shocked as I was!).

        The other, not so related story…at 26:15, there is an elevator ride up in the Cape Sun Hotel. The camera views my college on the opposite side of the road, where I became an architectural draftsman, and later moved on to computer science (programming). But it was also from there, right outside there, that in 1991 I stood with thousands and thousands and thousands of people on the day Nelson Mandela was released from Robyn Island (the prison island just off the coast of Cape Town). The atmosphere was electric.

        Okay, one more…The venue where Rodriguez played live is called The Good Hope Centre…I was there many times in the 80′s to watch my sister perform in Drum Majorettes competitions (all the schools in the Western Cape would compete every other month). So when I saw this film, and it felt like I was really back there…the tears just rolled! I would love to have been there for that!

        Anyway, glad you enjoyed this documentary. :-)

        P.S. How can I possibly not share with you my favourite Rodriquez song…here it is…it’s called “Rich Folks Hoax”…

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_mtkuh6WzY

  • http://1iotofoto.wix.com/otofoto oQ

    Sugar man stops on it’s own at about 13 minutes? Do you know why?
    1i

    • http://www.watchdocumentaryfilms.com/ WatchDocumentaryFilms

      It is working. I test now. You might get message like ‘Uploaded has not yet made available this video’. Just close and open in new tab. Sometimes you have to do 2-3 times.

  • pwndecaf

    I’m not sure what made me decide to watch this. I hadn’t read the comments, which I sometimes do. Had I read them, I would have watched since I am familiar with the people commenting.

    Anyway, the fact that I watched was serendipitous, just as you might call this story of a very unassuming man who makes his way through life happily and joyfully, teaching and contributing where he can, raising some wonderful daughters, oblivious to his “other” life, which is a fairy tale, but true.

    I couldn’t help but feel really good about this family and the man Rodriguez.

    Highly recommended!

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