On Sunday 1 July, documentary festival DocHouse presents a double bill of two iconic music films, in an evening devoted to South African musical journeys and the powerful documentaries they inspired.
5pm ‘Searching for Sugarman’ portrays the reclusive American singer Sixto Rodriguez, who commanded one of the largest fan-bases in 1970s South Africa. With his Dylan-esque folk songs of protest and struggle he enjoyed overwhelming success, but then inexplicably disappeared. Wild rumours circulated for decades about his fate, until two men set out to reveal the man behind the myth.
South by Southwest Film Festival Audience Award 2012 ‘ Opening film selected for Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012
8pm ‘Under African Skies’, charts Paul Simon’s journey to South Africa to record the iconic ‘Graceland’ albumn at the time of the UN’s anti-apartheid cultural boycott. Twenty-five years on, he explores the impact of this choice in an emotionally stirring reunion tour.
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize Sundance 2012 ‘ World Cinema Documentary Audience Award Sundance 2012
Between films the ‘South African BBQ’ will be firing up a traditional South African braai, replete with boerewors and springboks burgers.