Searching for Sugar Man

Directed by: Malik Bendjelloul
Sweden/UK, 2012, 86'
Festivals & Awards: 2012 Sundance, Best Documentary at the 2013 Academy Awards and BAFTA Awards


In the late ‘60s, a musician was discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, it became a phenomenon. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their unlikely musical hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. A hit documentary which swept the awards a decade ago, presented at fARAD in a special anniversary screening.

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 19:00, Cinema Arta, Arad