Searching for Sugar Man

(South Africa, 2012, 86 mins, DCP)
FEATURING Sixto Rodriguez
Classification: Unclassified, Membership Required
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Canadian art house distributor Mongrel Media


An enormous hit in Vancouver (where it ran for more than three months) and worldwide, this fascinating documentary put the all-but forgotten 70s troubadour Rodriguez back on the cultural map. The film is framed as a mystery, as a couple of South African fans try to find out more about an artist who became a talisman for the anti-apartheid movement in their country, but who long ago vanished into obscurity in his native US. The movie went on to win the Oscar for best documentary and turned 40-year-old albums into chart-toppers — but in a tragic epilogue director Malik Bendjelloul committed suicide earlier this year.

"A hugely appealing documentary about fans, faith and an enigmatic Age of Aquarius musician who burned bright and hopeful before disappearing."—Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"All you really have to know about this surprising and emotive music doc is that you should see it."—Trevor Johnston, Time Out