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

Subtitles: English

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

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.


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  • Seating is first come, first served on the grass starting at 8 pm
  • The movie will begin at dusk (approx. 9:15 pm)



  • Feel free to bring your family and friends
  • Snacks for sale by Sweet Hazel & Co. Bakeshop & Bistro
  • Dogs are allowed as long as they are leashed
  • Blankets and lawn chairs welcome
  • Bathrooms are north of the tennis courts



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