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 which they believed was going to secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumours 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 hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez.
This is a film about hope, inspiration and the power of music.
Tragically, Malik Bendjelloul died at the age of 36 on Tuesday 13 May 2014.
Searching For Sugar Man was Mailk's first feature. The film received its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 where it won the audience award and special jury prize. It went on to win prizes all over the world including the Academy Award for Best Documentary and the BAFTA for Best Documentary Film.