Last week though, to my (pleasant) surprise, I found out that the film would be released to Greek theatres and luckily, I managed to win an invitation to the opening night.
So, this is what I have to say after watching “Searching for Sugar Man”.
It is the amazing story of an American folk singer named Rodriguez who released a couple of records in the 70s with almost zero success. What makes this story worth telling though is that this man had no idea that at the same time, he was gaining reputation in S. Africa, becoming one of the most successful musicians in the South African history! There, Rodriguez is more successful than Elvis, having sold more than 500.000 records, while in the words of Clarence Avant - founder of Sussex Records, Rodriguez’s label- in the US he sold only 6 records!
The film witnesses their journey and by sharing with the audience information little by little, just the way the fans were discovering it, it makes us part of this touching story of a man who had no idea the impact he had to a whole country for more than three decades.
Powerful, with simple story telling, “Searching for Sugar Man” is one of the most welldirected documentaries I have seen, made from fans with only but love and devotion towards their icon.
You can catch it in theatres in Greece starting this Thursday, the 21st of November.