Free Screening: Searching for Sugar Man (Malik Bendjelloul, 2012)
November 10, 2013
IU Cinema and the Black Film Center/Archive present a free screening of Malik Bendjelloul’s 2012 film, Searching for Sugar Man.
This Oscar-winning documentary chronicles the life of Sixto Rodriguez, a Detroit singer who recorded two albums in the early 1970s and was forgotten in the U.S. When ambitions to become the next Bob Dylan fell flat, he found work doing manual labor and disappeared into obscurity. A bootlegged copy of one of his albums made it to apartheid South Africa where, unbeknownst to him, his socially engaged music became a huge hit in the 1980s. In 1997, after the end of apartheid, two South African fans (a record store owner and a journalist) found him in Detroit. They arranged a tour of postapartheid South Africa, creating a world-wide revival of his music. (2K DCP. 86 min. Rated PG-13.)