Date: Saturday 31st August
Time: 8.00 pm
Location: The Duchy Barn
Event Duration: 106 mins inc interval
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s American folk/rock musician, Rodriguez.
In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folk/rock singer with the short-lived recording career of 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 through the political struggles of Apartheid. Long rumoured 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 labourer discovered that his lost artistic dreams came true after all.
"Music documentaries have come thick and fast in 2012, but this one’s the best and easily the most successful". David Gritten The Daily Telegraph 27.xii.12
The film will be introduced by Film Critic Nigel Floyd and Executive Producer Sheryl Crown has agreed to give a Question and Answer session at the end of the screening.
Directed by Malik Bendjelloul. Winner of the Best Documentary Oscar 2013.