After two commercially unsuccessful albums made in the US during the 1970s, Mexican-American folk singer Sixto Rodriguez seemed to disappear off the musical map. Unbeknownst to himself, he and his songs became part of South Africa’s anti-apartheid campaign, eventually prompting two die-hard fans to try and track him down. Bendjelloul’s documentary makes a (sometimes dramatised) case for the artist’s special relevance in a country struggling with racial injustice and stands up as a worthy winner of this year’s Sundance Audience Award.
Searching For Sugar Man | Directed by Malik Bendjelloul (Swe den, Great Britain 2012), documentary. Starts December 27