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Sugarman Wins the Oscar!

By February 25, 2013

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Searching for Sugar ManThe 2013 Oscar nominations were not exactly great for Africa, with zero nominations from the continent. But at least Searching for Sugar Man which was partially about South Africa and largely filmed in South Africa, actually won the Academy Award for best documentary!

Officially a British/Swedish documentary, Searching for Sugar Man is about two South Africans in search of their musical hero from the 1970's - Rodriguez. Rodriguez was an inspiration to many South Africans (especially white South Africans). In South Africa his albums were more popular than anything the Rolling Stones put out. His anti-establishment songs had a profound affect on the youth of the day who were stuck in the stifling era of Apartheid and sanctions. But Rodriguez, who lived and recorded in Detroit was completely unknown in the US, he only sold half a dozen records.

I won't give away any more of the movie, you just have see it! If it is not coming to a theater near you, Amazon.com will have it on instant video by January 22, 2013.

Read More: Best Movies Set in Africa l 10 Great Movies Set in South Africa

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