Oh how I love thee, #Sugarman
Its been a while since a movie has left such a strong impression and last night's screening of "Searching for Sugarman" by The Scene Club did just that. Directed by Malik Bendjelloul, who sadly committed suicide this May, the Oscar winning movie (more a documentary) charts the story of the search by a 'investigative' music journalist and a fan from South Africa to find out who Rodriguez was. Actually it starts more of a search of how he died and how they discover the truth about the musician. What I loved about the movie is not just the story of the search and the discoveries - it really is worth watching more than once - it was the man. He is unassuming and unfazed by life as it passes him by. He lives it the way he does. The music and lyrics are brilliant and you can listen to his songs on YouTube. I also loved the insights into what his music meant for the South Africans growing up frustrated and unhappy during the apartheid era and how this music gave them freedom. The music continues to play in my head. I had to download the music as soon as I got home.
It tugs at your heartstrings and doesn't leave you. Do check out all the links to stories and the music. If you haven't watched it yet, do.
I have to thank The Scene Club for bringing this and several other off beat films that normally you wouldn't get to see. Its free but they do a fab job of not only screening the films but giving you the opportunity to meet and talk to someone from the cast and crew. I miss a few and see a few but I get updates and they deserve all the credit. If you love cinema, do sign up to become a member and get their updates.