Searching for Sugar Man

4 May 2013 – Admission and Finding Mr Right…

Tue: tried to see Admission, but was told that on the eve of public holidays, there are no senior discounts and certainly no discounts on public holidays and weekends. A full price ticket is S$11 as compared to a senior ticket, S$4.00-S$4.50 depending on which cinemas. Can wait till after May Day!

admissionAdmission***a Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption.

MrRightFinding Mr Right***willful city girl Jia Jia travels to Seattle to give birth to the son that will help her win over her rich married boyfriend. But nothing goes as plan when she is stranded in a small house with 2 other pregnant ladies and unable to reach her boyfriend. Help came unexpectedly when driver Frank befriends her and was there through the birth of her son.

Both romantic comedies, entertaining and feel good movies. Needed that after unwrapping the Mummy and wrapping at a funeral!

sugarmanFri: Searching For Sugar Man**** is a Swedish-British documentary film, which tells the efforts of two S African fans who set out to find if the rumored death of American musician Sixto Rodriguez was true, and, if not, to discover what had become of him. Rodriguez’s music, which never took off in the US, but was wildly popular in S Africa in the 1970s.

This film recently won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary at the 66th British Academy Film Awards in London and two weeks later it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood. And well deserved.

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Have not heard of Sixto Rodriguez until this movie, admiration and respect for him now. His lyrics are befitting and profound for 1970s Apartheid S Africa which might be why he is popular there. Reading and remembering then provides some understanding about the anti-Apartheid in S Africa. Some of his songs came to serve as anti-Apartheid anthems in S Africa, where his work influenced many musicians who protested the government then.

Sugar man, won’t you hurry
‘Cos I’m tired of these scenes
For a blue coin won’t you bring back
All those colors to my dreams… – Sixto Rodriguez

2 thoughts on “Searching for Sugar Man

  1. It’s South Africa’s only film festival devoted exclusively to documentaries featuring screenings, panel discussions and workshops for aspiring filmmakers. First held in 1999, it’s the premier documentary festival in Africa and a major event on the film circuit calendar. This year, there will be a varied selection of 50 films, with many award winning titles, fresh from international festivals, and 8 will receive their World Premières at Encounters.

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