Sixto Rodriguez was a folk singer from Detroit during the 1960s whose music never resonated in the states. Strangely enough, somehow Rodriguez’s albums managed to make its way over to apartheid South Africa where his songs became hits. In the new documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” two Rodriguez fans from South Africa go on an extraordinary journey to find out what happened to him.
“Searching for Sugar Man” was well received at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The documentary won the World Cinema Audience Award for documentary and the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize for its Celebration of the Artistic Spirit.
Thanks to Sony Picture Classics, which acquired rights for the film, and producers John Battsek and Simon Chinn, the Malik Benjelloul helmed documentary will debut in theaters in limited release July 27.
Los Angeles residents can watch “Searching for Sugarman” a month sooner at the Los Angeles Film Festival June 19 and Wednesday June 20.
Follow the link below for tickets.
Until then, here are three clips to tide you over.
And, as a bonus, here’s the trailer:
As for the music, check iTunes or your local record store on July 24 for the soundtrack.
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