Saturday, 24 May 2014

Searching for Sugar Man

One thing I like to ask people is, have you seen any good movies lately? Searching for Sugar Man was one answer to that question. A friend of mine described is an an amazing, edge of your seat film.

Searching for Sugar Man is a documentary about Sixto Rodriguez who was a 70's rock and roller who surprisingly, never was.

It all begins when Rodriguez is picked up by a couple of producers in the late 60's. The producers compared his sound to that of Bob Dyan. They then go on to produce the album "Cold Fact" very quickly as they anticipate the album will be a knockout.  The bad news is the album ends up bombing, big time.

Meanwhile, over the next two decades a boot-legged copy of the album gets picked up in South Africa. It 's popularity grows as people begin to buy copies of the album. It becomes a staple in all households, building a status bigger than Elvis for Rodriguez. The twist to the story is Rodriguez has no idea any of this is going on. The South African's are told that he has committed suicide. It is not until two fans do some digging that they realize he is in fact alive!

This is a  great heart warming film that will continue to inspire people for years to come. It makes you see that not all happiness is necessarily found by wealth. Not to mention how bizarre it is that this could even happen.

Sadley, the director Malik Bendjelloul passed away at the age of 36 earlier this month.

Here is the "official trailer"  found on YouTube.

Let me know what you think. I would love to hear some feedback!  I have made some changes so commenting is much easier now.

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