"Searching for Sugar Man" screens Thursday at Argenta Community Theater.
ARGENTA FILM SERIES: 'SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN'
7 p.m. Argenta Community Theater. Free
The Little Rock Film Festival's monthly Argenta Film Series
returns and, as usual, they've lined up an intriguing flick. And as with last season, it's free courtesy of Laman Library.
"Searching for Sugar Man,"
directed by Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Critics heaped nearly universal praise on the film, which follows two obsessive South African fans of U.S. folk-singer Sixto Rodriguez
, who cut two killer, utterly ignored psych/folk albums for the Sussex label in the early '70s and then disappeared. Somehow, he became enormously popular in Apartheid-era South Africa (bonus trivia: he was also huge in Australia; I first learned of him from my friend Paul, who lived in Brisbane back in the '90s and while there befriended some kids in a band called Viva Rodriguez).
These being the pre-ubiquitous-Internet days of the '70s and '80s, there had long been rumors that Rodriguez had self-immolated on stage. The film tells the story from the perspective of these fans, who longed to finally learn what had become of the man called Rodriguez, whose songs spoke to them so powerfully.