Searching for Sugarman (2012) English Documentary Short Review

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It’s been a while since I watched ‘Searching for Sugarman’, on the recommendation of a dear friend, and decided to go for it once again, these lockdown days. Malik Bendjelloul’s documentary on Rodriguez, strikes you more as an investigative cinematic piece into the life of a man about whom very little is known, and boy, the rewards that it holds for you as a viewer, are nothing short of exceptional.

This Swedish–British–Finnish documentary film about a South African cultural phenomenon chronicles the efforts that have been put forward by two Cape Town fans, Stephen “Sugar” Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, to unearth what actually happened to American musician Sixto Rodriguez, who was little known in his own country, but who had emerged a musical icon of sorts, in South Africa.

This truly has to be one of the most engaging documentaries that I have seen in a long, long while, and there are occasions galore, when you would pause wonder if this tale that you get to hear is actually true. And you remain engrossed in the extraordinary life that this musician whom you had never ever heard of lived, and come back from the documentary, truly fulfilled.

Verdict: Good