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'Searching for Sugar Man' To Open Sheffield Doc/Fest

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire April 4, 2012 at 10:0AM

The Sundance award-winner "Searching for Sugar Man," will open this year's Sheffield Doc/Fest on June 13.
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The Sundance award-winner "Searching for Sugar Man," will open this year's Sheffield Doc/Fest on June 13.

Directed by Malik Bendjelloul (who Indiewire profiled in Park City), “Searching for Sugar Man” tells the strange-but-true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ‘70s rock icon you never heard of -- unless you live in South Africa. The Detroit-based artist was plucked from obscurity by two big-name producers; he recorded an album that was supposed to launch a lucrative recording career. That never happened. But thanks to a bootleg recording that found its way into apartheid South Africa, Rodriguez became an icon for the revolution. Funny thing is, he didn’t have a clue.

Fun fact: The film started its production journey in Sheffield, when the project was pitched at Doc/Fest's MeetMarket in 2008.

The full Doc/Fest lineup will be announced on May 10.

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