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2,796 Ratings

Searching for Sugar Man

Directed by Malik Bendjelloul
Sweden, United Kingdom, 2012


A poor man in Detroit lives out his whole life believing he failed in his brief musical career in the 1970s. 25 years later, he finds out that he has been one of the most famous singer-songwriters ever in South Africa, after two fans set out to find what really had happened to their hero.

Our take

The lone film from the late Malik Bendjelloul, Searching for Sugar Man tells a compelling story that’s stranger than fiction. Attempting to track down the whereabouts of the off-the-grid musician, thought dead, this Oscar-winning documentary uncovers a secret second life of its subject Rodriguez.

Searching for Sugar Man Directed by Malik Bendjelloul

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2013 | Winner: Best Documentary, Features

Sundance Film Festival

2012 | 2 wins including: Special Jury Prize (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Village Voice Film Poll

2012 | Nominee: Best Documentary Feature Film

Bendjelloul is a natural dramatist with bags of visual flair.
July 26, 2012
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Searching for Sugar Man is ultimately an ode to Rodriguez’s artistic modesty and the power of his music—a rousing crowd-pleaser that asks you to save questions for another film.
August 09, 2012
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In the end Mr. Bendjelloul went looking for a man and found something much greater.
July 26, 2012
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