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Searching for Sugarman

In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez, a poet-musician from inner-city Detroit, produced two albums. His producers thought they would be hits, but they were utter flops – in America, that is. In South Africa though, Rodriguez was bigger than Elvis or The Rolling Stones, and his albums provided the soundtrack for white opposition to apartheid. Filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul documented Rodriguez’ unlikely fall and rise. He died earlier this week. We're rebroadcasting our conversation with him about his film on Thursday

Rodridguex will be in Salt Lake City for a concert at the Depot on Tuesday, May 20th.DETAILS

Malik Bendjelloul directed and co-produced the film Searching for Sugarman, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and won both the Special Jury Prize and the Audience Award for best international documentary. The film received an Academy Award in 2013 for Best Documentary. Bendjelloul died Tuesday. He was 36 years old.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.