Review: Searching for Sugarman

Along with Bart Layton’s The Imposter, Searching For Sugarman has to be one of 2012’s most acclaimed documentary films. It tells the story of a Mexican-American singer-songwriter named Rodriguez, who recorded and released two albums in the early 1970s that failed to achieve any success on home soil. Unbeknownst to him however, he developed an adoring following in South Africa where his albums stood next to The Beatles’ Abbey Road and Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water in many people’s record collections.

It might seem hard to believe that an interesting, heart-warming and somewhat emotional documentary could be made about an unsuccessful musician from Detroit but all the incredible details of this particular story amount to just that. Director Malik Bendjelloul allows two South African fans to tell what is essentially their own story of Rodriguez and how after years of rumours of the musician’s death
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