“Sometimes, unpredictable things occur in documentary film, occasionally, unbelievable things. SUGAR MAN is a film that introduces you to people you will never forget,” says HIFF Board Member and SummerDocs Host Alec Baldwin.
When Stockholm-based filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul set off for South Africa in 2006 in search of a few good segments for Swedish television, he wasn’t expecting to find a Cinderella story worthy of a feature length documentary.
Yet “Searching for Sugarman” is exactly that. It’s a film about the youthful hopes of an oppressed nation which were embodied in the music of a long-lost musician from a world away. It’s a tale that spans two continents and more than three decades.
And it hinges on nothing short of a resurrection.