searching for sugarman and jiro dreams of sushi are documentaries of two men, who truly deserve their stories told. both so talented, yet so humble. i found their lives to be very inspiring, and appreciated the skill of the directors to tell their stories in such a compelling and moving way.

searching for sugarman 

searching for sugarman tells an amazing story of the talented 70’s folk rock musician, rodriguez.  the sound of his music is soulful and heartbreaking, his lyrics read like poetry. sadly, his first album bombed in the u.s. but, he became a total phenomenon in south africa after a bootleg album made its way into the country. his music was literally life changing for the people of south africa, yet he had no knowledge of his fame due to the severe censorship in south africa at that time. rumors of rodriguez run rampant in south africa, and he’s assumed dead. finally two south african fans set out to learn what happened to their mysterious hero, and learn the true story of what happened to him…

it’s not only the remarkable story, but rodriguez’s own music on the soundtrack, that makes this documentary so memorable.

searching for sugar man is a saga about the power of music, living life on one’s own terms and the joy of second chances.” – Bob Bloom Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

“a soulful, lip-tremblingly joyous movie that’s one of the more affecting experiences I’ve had in a cinema this year.” – Aaron Yap Flicks.co.nz

 

jiro dreams of sushi 

jiro dreams of sushi tells the story of 85-yr-old jiro, renowned sushi chef, with a restaurant rewarded with 3-michelen stars. the 10-seat restaurant in a subway station may appear modest, yet no restaurant of it’s kind has ever received such prestigious awards. as you watch the film, you quickly learn why his restaurant would be so well respected. the amount of detail, care, and skill that goes into running this small restaurant is unimaginable.

i appreciate the beauty of sushi making, which is very manual and meticulous, and the way the film reinforces japanese culture of honor, and always aspiring to reach perfection.

“by the time this graceful film is over you understand why japan has declared the bald, bespectacled Jiro a national treasure. even if you’ve never tasted sushi, the man’s singleness of purpose will inspire you.” – colin covert minneapolis star tribune

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