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Searching for Sugar Man, Film Review in Pictures

by akwamarina

From Secret Cinema to Future Cinema to Future Shorts now comes Secret Screenings, which launched last night at the decadent Troxy Cinema in London, to a full house of adventureous film fans.

We were invited to a Secret Screening of the premiere of Searching for Sugarman, the heart-wrenching story of a brilliant musician named Sixto Rodriguez, an American folk musician, born in Detroit, Michigan on July 10, 1942. He was named ‘Sixto’ (pronounced seex-tuh) because he was the sixth child in his family.

He lived his life unaware that he had become a legend bigger than Elvis and Dylan in South Africa during Apartheid.

This is the story of how two music journalists managed to track him down in deepest, poverty-stricken Detroit, even though he was believed to have committed suicide on stage a long time ago.

After a life spent in obscurity doing manual labor, he was invited to South Africa where he performed several concerts to thousands of adoring fans.

The film is beautifully told through very evocative scenery and music, and is highly emotional!

Nothing though compared to the overwhelming avalanche of emotions felt when immediately after the screening the man himself Sixto Diaz Rodriguez materialised on stage, as if by magic, to perform for an incredulous audience!

Amazing and beautiful does not begin to describe what many will remembered as one of the best nights ever.

With their now established trademark style, tickets were sold for a mystery, unseen film with the promise of a night to remember. At £15 a pop, this turned out to probably be the best-value entertainment this year!And what a coup, Secret Cinema really pulled it off with this Secret Screening of a fantastic docu/movie only previously seen at film festivals, followed by a surprise concert by the star of the film himself.

The Film won the World Cinema Special Jury Prize and the Audience Award, World Cinema Documentary at the the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

 At 69 Rodriguez was helped on stage, but then proceeded to play a seriously good gig that would put many youngsters to shame.

A true rock star, a humble and most deserving legend. He touched us all with his music and his fairy tale story which reflects so very badly on the music industry and human greed.

Sixto, thank you for sharing your story, thus reminding us what that is to be a true artist and a beautiful human being…

Marina Akwa – shooting from the hip, 100% iPhone

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Searching for Sugar Man,

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