‘Searching For Sugar Man’ wins the Oscar | iafrica.com

Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn accept the Best Documentary Feature award for Searching for Sugar Man. Getty Images
Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn accept the Best Documentary Feature award for Searching for Sugar Man. Getty Images

Searching for Sugar Man, about a singer whose musical star faded without a trace until he was rediscovered in South Africa, won the best documentary feature Oscar on Sunday.

The film tells the story of Sixto Rodriguez, who made two albums in the early 1970s but then quit music – and who knows nothing about his fame on another continent.

The documentary was made by first-time director Malik Bendjelloul, who first discovered Rodriguez while travelling for six months in Africa in 2006, and was fascinated by his story.

The award was accepted by Bendjelloul and producer Simon Chinn, who explained why Rodriguez did not attend the Oscars show at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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Rodriguez’s sweet surprise | theage.com.au

His time has come... Sixto Diaz Rodriguez Photo: Getty Images
His time has come… Sixto Diaz Rodriguez Photo: Getty Images

BACK in 1970 and 1971, the Detroit folk singer Rodriguez released two brilliant albums in America. But Cold Fact and Coming from Reality were met with resounding indifference and negligible sales.

Hearing the music now it almost defies belief that those albums could be so emphatically ignored. Both contain affecting political and social observations on urban life, performed with remarkable vocal and musical dexterity.

Rodriguez reluctantly accepted that he’d missed his shot at a successful career and returned to relative obscurity in Detroit where he completed a BA in philosophy at Wayne State University and dabbled in local politics. He made a living as a labourer on construction sites and occasionally as a social worker. He had three children. His life was unexceptional and he struggled to make ends meet.

via Rodriguez’s sweet surprise.

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