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Only one day into the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, first-time director Malik Bendjelloul experienced a high most filmmakers only dream of. His World Cinema Documentary Competition contender “Searching for Sugar Man,” premiered to rave notices on opening night. The next day, Sony Pictures Classics, making the first buy out of the festival, snatched it up.

 Honor Roll is a daily series for December that will feature new or previously published interviews, profiles and first-person stories of some of the year's most notable cinematic voices.Today, we're re-running an interview with "Searching for Sugar Man" director Malik Bendjellou, whose film recently topped the Ida Documentary Awards. It’s not hard to see why his film has people excited. “Searching for Sugar Man” tells the strange-but-true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ‘70s rock icon you never heard of -- unless you live in South Africa. The Detroit-based artist was »


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