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Searching for Sugar Man

Directed by Malik Bendjelloul

86 MIN


Sweden, United Kingdom, Finland

Rating: PG-13

Content warning: Police and protestor violence during South African apartheid. Strong but brief swearing.

Language: English, Spanish, Afrikaans

In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long rumored there to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the 1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero’s fate. What follows is a bizarrely heartening story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped, while a Detroit construction laborer discovered that his lost artistic dreams came true after all.

Preceded by the locally produced and locally made short documentary film Zahir by David Alfonso Guerrero

Meet Zahir, a dynamic 24-year-old artist on a mission to create and inspire. With a passion for music, storytelling, and photography, he embodies the essence of creativity. Join Zahir as he leads us on a captivating exploration of life, art and the pursuit of dreams.

Black, Bold & Brilliant screenings are presented with support by:

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This film is part of the Utah Division of State History and the Department of Cultural and Community Engagement’s Civics Season. Utah Civic Season is a time to reflect on the past, engage with the present, and come together as we shape the future.

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Utah Film Center’s Summer Outdoor Film Series is proudly presented with support from these organizations:

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Black, Bold & Brilliant, Summer Outdoor Film Series

Fri, July 12, 2024 at 8:00 pm


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