Malik Bendjelloul, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ Found Dead

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Searching DGAThis is such sad news.  Malik Bendjelloul, the Oscar-winning director of Searching for Sugar Man, a film I fell in love with back in 2012, has been found dead.

Pia Glenvik, a spokesperson for the police said that Bendjelloul died in Stockholm late Tuesday, but wouldn’t specify the cause of death.

Bendjelloul, 39, won dozens of citations during the 2012-2013 awards season including the Directors Guild of America and National Board of Review awards.

Readers of AwardsCircuit.com also loved the 2012 documentary about the life and career of Rodriguez, a singer thought to be dead but gaining wide fame in South Africa.  In the annual Awards Circuit Community Awards for 2012, the 100,000 strong readership awarded the film Best Documentary Feature.  I, myself ranked the film as the second best film of the entire year.

He will surely be missed.

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