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Movies: ‘Searching for Sugarman’

Like a lot of Americans, I have never heard of Rodriguez, a late-’60s folk singer who released two albums that did not sell and then vanished into even greater obscurity.

Until now.

The only place Rodriguez was a star was South Africa, as it turns out, where his records were the soundtrack for the young liberal whites who eventually turned against the apartheid government.

Malik Bendjelloul’s documentary, “Searching for Sugar Man,” tells the story of how Rodriguez’s South African fans — journalists, music store owners, musicians —searched for the man.

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