Directed by Malik Bendjelloul
86 min. | 2012 | Sweden/UK/USA
In the late ‘60s, a musician was discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa, and over the next two decades it became a phenomenon. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez.
Winner: Best Documentary Feature – 2013 Academy Awards; Winner: Audience Award, World Cinema Documentary – 2013 Sundance Film Festival; Winner: Special Jury Prize – 2013 Sundance Film Festival; Winner: 24 Other Awards