Searching For Sugar Man

Awards
BEST FILM - Starigrad Paklenica Film Festival
BEST DOCUMENTARY - WGA 2013
BEST DOCUMENTARY - BAFTA 2013
LORENS AWARD - GOTHENBURG FILM FESTIVAL 2013
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary - Malik Bendjelloul - DGA (Director's Guild of America) 2013
BEST FILM IN GEMS COMPETITION - CARTEGENA 2013
BEST FILM - BIOGRAFILM FESTIVAL 2013
CINEMATOGRAFFIA 2012 - IX Premios Terenci Moix 2013
Perth Festival 720ABC Audience Award - PERTH ARTS FESTIVAL
BEST DOCUMENTARY - GOLD DERBY FILM AWARDS 2013
BEST DOCUMENTARY - ACADEMY AWARDS 2013
BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - ACE (AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS) 2012
BEST DOCUMENTARY - DOCK OF THE BAY
BEST DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR - AARPs Movies For Grownups
Gothenburg's Grand Film Award - GOTHENBURG FILM FESTIVAL 2012
BEST DOCUMENTARY - GULDBAGGE AWARDS
BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS
BEST DOCUMENTARY - CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS (BFCA)
Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design and Animation - Oskar Gullstrand and Arvid Steen - Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking
AUDIENCE AWARD - IN-EDIT CHILE 2012
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM AWARD - PGA (Producers Guild Assoc)
BEST FEATURE AWARD - IDA (International Documentary Association)
Creative Recognition Award for Best Music - IDA (International Documentary Association)
BEST DOCUMENTARY JURY & AUDIENCE AWARD - IN-EDIT BARCELONA 2012
BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY - IDFA 2012
AUDIENCE AWARD - IDFA 2012
AUDIENCE AWARD - DOHA FILM FESTIVAL 2012
AUDIENCE AWARD - CANBERRA FILM FESTIVAL 2012
AUDIENCE AWARD - ATHENS FILM FESTIVAL 2012
MUSIC & FILM GOLDEN ATHENA - ATHENS FILM FESTIVAL 2012
AUDIENCE AWARD - MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVAL 2012
DIFF Documentary Audience Choice Award - DURBAN FILM FESTIVAL 2012
Audience Award for Best International Picture - LA FILM FESTIVAL 2012
2nd place Audience Award - TRIBECA 2012
BEST DOCUMENTARY - MOSCOW FILM FESTIVAL 2012
WORLD CINEMA AWARD - SUNDANCE 2012
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize for its 'Celebration of Artistic Spirit' - SUNDANCE 2012
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - OSLO FILMS FROM THE SOUTH FESTIVAL 2012
Library (Launched Sundance 2012) / Documentary / UK / 83 mins / 2011
Director:
Malik Bendjelloul
Producers:
Malik Bendjelloul
Simon Chinn (Man On Wire, Project Nimm)
Production Credits:
Red Box Films / Passion Pictures / Canfield Pictures

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.

About the Director:

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.