If you haven’t been to the Jacob Burns Film Center & Media Arts Lab in Pleasantville in a bit, you’ll want to try to squeeze in some time for the moving “Searching for Sugarman,” which is being held over until Sept. 13.
Malik Bendjelloul’s documentary tells the story of ’70s singer-guitarist Rodriguez – a cross between Bob Dylan and Jose Feliciano. Rodriguez’s haunting melodies and searing lyrics never garnered the fandom they deserved in the U.S. But they managed to find their way to South Africa, where they compelled a generation of white South Africans to stand up to apartheid. And that’s just the story’s beginning.
“Searching for Sugar Man” reminds us of art’s power to connect and our need to keep on struggling through the void.
For more information, visit burnsfilmcenter.org.