Monday, July 16, 2012

Searching for Sugar Man

This weekend we caught a free preview screening of the new documentary, Searching for Sugar Man. This intriguing film is about an American rock musician, Sixto Rodriguez, who recorded to albums back in the 70s but they both turned out to be total flops in the States. Little did Rodriguez know, the entire time his music was gaining intense popularity in South Africa. In fact, he became the Bob Dylan for the apartheid movement.

But the thing is, no one in South Africa knew anything about Rodriguez and Rodriguez knew nothing about his South African popularity. So several South Africans set out to find out what they could about Rodriguez and the film follows the incredible journey they embarked upon.

It premiered at Sundance, Tribeca, and SXSW and received numerous awards already. I highly recommend you check it out, especially if you like rock music. His lyrics are extremely poignant and poetic. You can check out the trailer here:

And two of his songs here:

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