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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman ... Himself - Record Shop Owner
Dennis Coffey ... Himself - Co-Producer, Cold Fact 1970
Mike Theodore ... Himself - Co-Producer, Cold Fact 1970
Dan DiMaggio ... Himself - Bartender, The Brewery
Jerome Ferretti ... Himself - Bricklayer
Steve Rowland ... Himself - Producer, Coming from Reality 1971
Willem Möller ... Himself - Musician
Craig Bartholomew Strydom ... Himself - Music Journalist (as Craig Bartholomew-Strydom)
Ilse Assmann ... Herself - Former Apartheid Archivist
Steve M. Harris ... Himself - Teal Trutone
Robbie Mann ... Himself - RPM Records

Clarence Avant ... Himself - Former Chairman of Motown Records
Eva Rodriguez ... Herself - Rodriguez's Eldest Daughter

Rodriguez ... Himself (as Sixto Rodriguez)
Regan Rodriguez ... Herself - Rodriguez's Youngest Daughter
Sandra Rodriguez-Kennedy ... Herself - Rodriguez's Middle Daughter
Rick Emmerson ... Himself - Construction Worker Colleague
Rian Malan ... Himself - Journalist and Writer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Malik Bendjelloul ... Himself - Interviewer (uncredited)

Directed by
Malik Bendjelloul 
Writing credits
Malik Bendjelloul (written by)

Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman (article 'Sugar and the Sugar Man')

Craig Bartholomew Strydom (article 'Looking for Jesus') (as Craig Bartholomew-Strydom)

Produced by
John Battsek .... executive producer
Malik Bendjelloul .... producer
George Chignell .... co-producer: Passion Pictures (as George Ghignell)
Simon Chinn .... producer
Sheryl Crown .... executive producer: The Documentary Company
Malla Grapengiesser .... co-producer: Hysteria Film
Maggie Monteith .... executive producer: The Documentary Company
Hjalmar Palmgren .... executive producer: SVT
Andrew Ruhemann .... executive producer: Passion Pictures
Peter Schildt .... consultant producer: Saperi Film Sweden AB
Nicole Stott .... co-producer: Passion Pictures
Cinematography by
Camilla Skagerström (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Malik Bendjelloul 
Production Management
Ida Svenonius .... digital intermediate and technical supervisor
Fredrik Zander .... post-production producer: The Chimney Pot
Art Department
Malik Bendjelloul .... illustrator
Oskar Gullstrand .... graphics: Naive
Linus Kullman .... graphics: Naive
Jonas Lindman .... graphics: Naive
Sound Department
Linda Dalin .... sound post-production coordinator
Linda Dalin .... sound post-production coordinator: Ljudligan
Fredrik Jonsäter .... sound editor: Ljudligan (as Fredrik 'Frippe' Jonsäter)
Per Nyström .... sound designer: Ljudligan
Per Nyström .... sound re-recording mixer: Ljudligan
Visual Effects by
Axel Hallgren .... cg animator: Filmtecknarna
Axel Hallgren .... compositor: Filmtecknarna
Olle Petersson .... visual effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Malik Bendjelloul .... additional camera
Nadia Hallgren .... additional camera
Dale Hunt .... crane operator assistant
Emil Klang .... additional camera
Stephen Knight .... key grip
Hjalmar Palmgren .... additional camera
Ann-Sofie Rase .... additional camera
Eva Rodriguez .... additional camera
Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman .... additional camera
Sam Wallace .... crane operator
Animation Department
Joel Edlund .... backgrounds: Filmtecknarna
Linda Hambäck .... animation producer: Filmtecknarna
Martin Nyberg .... classic animator: Filmtecknarna
Johan Sonestedt .... classic animator: Filmtecknarna
Arvid Steen .... director of animation: Filmtecknarna
Susanne Sturesson .... classic animator: Filmtecknarna
Simon Stålenhag .... backgrounds: Filmtecknarna
Veronica Wallenberg .... classic animator: Filmtecknarna
Editorial Department
Hans Crispin .... digital media: The Chimney Pot
Kenna Grünn .... encoding technician: The Chimney Pot
Kaj Ivanovic .... digital colour grader: The Chimney Pot
Cattis Legelius .... digital media coordinator: The Chimney Pot
Anneli Oscarsson .... post-production coordinator: The Chimney Pot
Ida Svenonius .... digital intermediate: The Chimney Pot
Ida Svenonius .... technical advisor: The Chimney Pot
Bernhard Winkler .... additional editor
Mathieu Reid .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Malik Bendjelloul .... additional score
Rodriguez .... original songs (as Sixto Rodriguez)
Sandy Wilson .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Other crew
Malik Bendjelloul .... title designer: opening titles
Jonathan Blair .... legal services: Michael Simkins LLP
Josh Braun .... distribution adviser: North America, Submarine Entertainment
E.B. Busi .... personal super 8 archive
Serena Catapano .... production assistant
Johan Christianson .... legal services: Strömberg & Partners
Oskar Gullstrand .... title designer: Naive
Steve Hilton-Barber .... stills archive
Micaela Kedian .... personal super 8 archive
Linus Kullman .... title designer: Naive
Jonas Lindman .... title designer: Naive
Lars Lindström .... film commissioner: The Swedish Film Institute (as Lars G. Lindström)
Rodriguez .... stills archive (as Sixto Rodriguez)
Eva Rodriguez .... home video recording: South African Tour, 1998
Eva Rodriguez .... stills archive
Regan Rodriguez .... stills archive
Lloyd Ross .... director: Voëlvry The Movie
Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman .... article: 'Sugar and the Sugar Man'
Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman .... stills archive (as Stephen Segerman)
Tonia Selley .... director: Dead Men Don't Tour
Craig Bartholomew Strydom .... article: 'Looking for Jesus' (as Craig Bartholomew-Strydom)
Ben White .... for: White & Company, The Documentary Company
Emma White .... for: White & Company, The Documentary Company
Hal Wilson .... stills archive
Obed Zilwa .... stills archive
Cameron Arguelles .... quality control (uncredited)
Chris Besseling .... uk senior marketing manager: studiocanal (uncredited)
Marinella Angusti .... very special thanks
Erik Arvinder .... special thanks
Tell Aulin .... special thanks
Peter Barachkov II .... very special thanks
Peter Barachkov III .... very special thanks
Daniel A. Baxter .... special thanks
Hacène Bendjelloul .... very special thanks
Johar Bendjelloul .... very special thanks
Wanda Bendjelloul .... special thanks
Philippa Berrington-Blew .... special thanks
Kristian Bjureby .... special thanks
Pierre Björk .... special thanks
Rikard Borggård .... special thanks
Sarajane Bourke .... special thanks
Love Bråding .... special thanks
Bonie Bulyk .... very special thanks
Henrik S. Burman .... special thanks
Anna Byvald .... special thanks
Johan Carlberg .... special thanks
Jonah Chinn .... very special thanks
Lara Chinn .... very special thanks
Christian Christensen .... special thanks
Brian Currin .... very special thanks
Peter Davis .... special thanks
Yolandi Degenaar .... special thanks
Nathalie Drago .... special thanks
Thomas Eby .... special thanks
Therese Elfström .... special thanks
Tinus Engelbrecht .... special thanks
Bobo Ericzén .... very special thanks
Moussa Fadera .... special thanks
Hanro Friedrich .... special thanks
Niklas Gabrielsson .... special thanks
Jessika Gedin .... special thanks
Per-Axel Gjöres .... very special thanks
Daniel Hager .... special thanks
Lennart Hager .... special thanks
Haroun Hameed .... very special thanks
Alex Haridi .... special thanks
Christina Herrström .... very special thanks
Pål Hollender .... special thanks
Jonas Holmberg .... special thanks
Ida Högström .... special thanks
Thomas Johansson .... special thanks
Eva-Lena Jonsson .... special thanks
Micaela Kedian .... very special thanks
James Kennedy .... special thanks
Voula Kereklidou .... special thanks
Emil Klang .... very special thanks
Karin af Klintberg .... very special thanks
Johan Larsson .... special thanks
Hanna Lejonqvist .... very special thanks
Sanna Lenken .... special thanks
Åsa Linderborg .... special thanks
Stefanie Losiowski .... very special thanks
Josefin Lundgren .... special thanks
Kristian Luuk .... special thanks
Maria Magnusson .... very special thanks
James Marsh .... very special thanks
Calle Marthin .... very special thanks
Alec McCrindle .... very special thanks
Helene Miksche .... very special thanks: Bird & Bird
Meghann Murray .... very special thanks
Paul Möllerstedt .... special thanks
Jesper Nordenstrøm .... special thanks (as Jesper Nordenström)
Mayibuye 'Mighty' Ntsatha .... special thanks
Marie Nyreröd .... special thanks
Björn Peters .... special thanks
Kristina Peters-Gärderup .... special thanks
Ann-Sofie Rase .... very special thanks
Rayma Rawa .... very special thanks
Ole Reitov .... special thanks: Freemuse
Gregory Rintoul .... special thanks
Johan Ripås .... very special thanks
The Rodriguez Family .... very special thanks
Konny Rodriguez .... very special thanks
Lloyd Ross .... special thanks
Chuck Roy .... special thanks
Paula Ruotsalainen .... special thanks
John Samson .... very special thanks
Anna Mathilde Schildt .... very special thanks (as Anna-Mathilde Schildt)
Johannes Schildt .... very special thanks
Peter Schildt .... very special thanks
Veronica Schildt-Bendjelloul .... very special thanks
The Segerman Family .... very special thanks
Daniell Segerman .... special thanks
Natalia Segerman .... special thanks
Rafi Segerman .... special thanks
Ronit Segerman .... special thanks
Tonia Selley .... very special thanks (as Tonia Selley Möller)
Christina Simon .... special thanks
Per Sinding-Larsen .... very special thanks
Carina Sjögren .... very special thanks
Martin Sjögren .... special thanks
Sara Sjöö .... special thanks
Stefan Storm .... very special thanks
Matt Sullivan .... very special thanks
Philip Sundbom .... special thanks
Kai Sundquist .... special thanks
Ola Tappert .... special thanks (as Ola Wilhelm Tappert)
Therese Uddenfeldt .... special thanks
Andreas Unge .... special thanks
Martin Vidlund .... special thanks
Mabu Vinly .... special thanks
Anna-Karin Von Malmborg .... special thanks
Johan von Sydow .... very special thanks (as John Von Sydow)
Mary J. Wallace .... special thanks
Jan Wallentin .... special thanks
Robert Weil .... very special thanks
Stefan Wrenfeldt .... special thanks
Cajsa Zerhouni .... special thanks
Peter Zerhouni .... special thanks
Mats Ågren .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some drug references
86 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Some parts of the documentary were shot on an iPhone App called 8mm Vintage Camera after the producers ran out of film for an expensive real 8mm camera. The app cost only £1.49/$1.99. Director Malik Bendjelloul was cash strapped from making the documentary before his suicide.See more »
Miscellaneous: During the credits there is a spelling error - It says "Mabu Vinly" instead of "Mabu Vinyl"See more »
Rodriguez:Thanks for keeping me alive!See more »
Movie Connections:
Inner City BluesSee more »


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39 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Searching for Sixto, 26 August 2012
Author: David Ferguson ( from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. I make no apologies for my tendency to have higher expectations and be more demanding of documentaries than other films. When dealing with a real subject, event or person, there is no place for fabrication or embellishment. The truth must stand (and entertain) on its own. Filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul has no such issue given his fascinating, almost jaw-dropping story of musician Sixto Rodriguez.

Described as Dylan-esque, Rodriguez was a folk singer and songwriter who put out two albums: Cold Fact (1970) and Comng from Reality (1971). Despite critical raves, the album sales were minimal and Sussex/A&R dropped him. After that, the story got a bit hazy. Urban Legend had Rodriguez dousing himself with gasoline while onstage, and committing suicide by lighting himself up. Mostly he just seemed to disappear, not simply fade away.

Nearly incomprehensible in today's age of internet communication, the Rodriguez songs became anthems for the anti-apartheid whites in South Africa. The music reached the country through bootleg copies and the popularity grew. We meet a Cape Town record store owner and indie music supporter names Stephen Segerman who describes Rodriguez as "bigger than Elvis" in South Africa. In the late 1990's a world wide web manhunt began.

What happens after that ... I will leave it to the film. Just know that this documentary is a blend of Mystery, Intrigue, Urban Legend, Who-done-it, and Where are they now? There is a brief interview with Clarence Avant, the owner of now-defunct Sussex Records, during which he provides the only real insight into the music industry underbelly. Additionally, so much of the story goes unexplained. So many questions unanswered ... even unasked! However, the story itself, and Rodriguez the man, are so amazing, that the entertainment and intellectual value of the film remains intact.

Since the vast majority (99% plus) of us have never previously heard of Rodriguez, the film does a nice job of integrating his songs in a manner that allows us to get a real understanding for the musical genius and why the critics (and South Africa) fell hard for it. This is a fascinating story and captivating film, despite lacking in "the rest of the story" department.

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