Directed by Malik Bendjelloul • 2012 • Sweden, United Kingdom
Starring Stephen Segerman, Sixto Rodriguez, Regan Rodriguez
This Academy Award–winning documentary tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest seventies rock star who never was. After being discovered in a Detroit bar, Rodriguez impressed two renowned producers and they signed a recording deal. But when the album bombed, the singer disappeared into obscurity. A bootleg recording found its way into apartheid-era South Africa, and over the next two decades Rodriguez became a phenomenon, his legend growing to nearly mythical proportions in the turbulent, divided country. Unsure whether Rodriguez is even alive, two South African fans embark on a quest to discover the truth about their musical hero and what really happened to this enigmatic, nearly forgotten genius.