*OSCAR WINNER FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY*
If you enjoy watching documentaries, than most likely you have already seen Searching for Sugar Man and know about it’s controversy and simultaneous success. If not, then this is a documentary I’d like to recommend, as it’s a fascinating story and it’s accompanied by some great folk music.
Rodruiguez Sixto is an incredible musician and in truth I love his music, well, now that I know about him. There is a raw emotion to his voice, and the lyrics to his music echo pain and freedom, they speak to me. Perhaps once you check out this documentary, his music will entertain you and make your ears rejoice.
Malik Bendjelloul took his own life less than a year after he won the Oscar for Best Documentary. Searching for Sugar Man was his first and only film and he won an Oscar for it, no doubt he had incredible talent. This documentary speaks to that, because this film is engaging and you can tell he gave it his all. Could this story have gotten to him? I must admit that this film made me sad, it got to me. Making a film about such a sad story would get to you right? We will never know why Malik Bendjelloul took his life, but we do have Searching for Sugar Man as a reminder of how talented he was.
The story that this film exposes really feels unbelievable. It focuses on the fact that Sugar Man was a legend in South Africa, all the whilst unknown to The Sugar Man himself. I work with a lady from South Africa, and I asked her if she knew Rodruigeuz, she said yes, I love his songs, and she added, who is he? It stunned me that even she didn’t know about him, and I went on to tell her about this documentary. I’m still waiting to hear what she thinks about this documentary, when she gets around to watching it of course. Clearly Searching for Sugar Man hasn’t made the rounds it deserves.
Coupled with intriguing interviews and animated segments, there is no reason why you won’t enjoy this documentary, if anything, hopefully you find Sugar Man and get to experience his beautiful music!
TRIVIA COOKIE: Due to budget constraints, director Malik Bendjelloul used an iPhone app called 8mm Vintage Camera to complete some of the Super 8mm film scenes, after he’d run out of film.