Sixto Rodriguez's story has all the ingredients for a great doco. The remarkable musician recorded two seminal albums in the 1970s and then dropped into obscurity, only to be revived by fans in apartheid South Africa.
In the early '70s Rodriguez released "Cold Fact" and "Coming From Reality", both highly acclaimed but commercial disasters in the States. South Africans, however, were listening. The folksy protest pop struck a chord with a country under apartheid rule, and Rodriguez became bigger than Bob Dylan. Despite this, the man remained a mystery. Rumoured to have overdosed on stage, or set himself on fire, most thought he was dead. He wasn't. The Mexican-American musician was also a demo guy living in Detroit who had no idea about his success overseas.
Searching For Sugar Man follows two South African fans on the search to find their hero. Directed by Sweden's Malik Bendjelloul, it's a compelling and curious quest; a testament to true fandom and a homage to a quiet poet who somehow slipped through the cracks of pop culture.