True/False 2012 came to superb finish at the historic Missouri Theater with Searching for Sugar Man, Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul’s telling of the stranger than fiction story of Detroit based singer-songwriter Rodriguez. Releasing a mere two records in the early 70s, Rodriguez attracted only a cult following in the States, but improbably inspired the anti-apartheid movement half a world away through his haunting, soul searching music. Then he disappeared, leaving in his wake a host of rumors and myths.
Now, both the film and Rodriguez himself are coming to Columbia. Searching for Sugar Man opens on Friday, September 14th at Ragtag Cinema and Rodriguez himself will be headlining the opening night of Roots N Blues N BBQ one week later on September 21st.
In the six months since the fest, this remarkable story has reverberated throughout the world. The doc has received rave reviews from the critics, including Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, Ella Taylor of NPR, and Mark Kermode of the BBC, seen below.
Bendjelloul and Rodriguez have given a number of interviews, including one with Little White Lies magazine where they explain how the film came to be. Sugar Man’s soundtrack is available streaming on Spotify or for purchase on Amazon. And just a few weeks back Rodriguez performed “Crucify Your Mind” on the Late Show with David Lettermen.
Our friends at the Columbia Daily Tribune are offering a chance to win tickets to both the film and concert. We hope to see you there!