Most likely you have not heard of Sixto Rodriguez. Few Americans have. Known only by his last name, the Detroit-based singer-songwriter never found an audience in the U.S.
However the two Rodriguez albums released in the early 1970s were fervently embraced in South Africa. His poetic lyrics spoke to the alienation and rebellious spirit of the anti-Apartheid movement. But little was known of him beyond his name and photo on the record cover. And so begins an amazing journey of discovery.
The documentary "Searching for Sugar Man" aims to unearth the facts behind the man who became an icon in South Africa while remaining invisible in America. The uplifting film makes generous use of his soulful music, leaving viewers to wonder how the wholly original talent of Rodriguez prolonged destiny for decades.
"Searching for Sugar Man" was a hit at the South by Southwest Film Festival. It opens August 17 at the Arbor and Violet Crown theaters.