May 14, 2014
By Michael Kramer
An amazing story has come to a tragic ending.
The acclaimed film director Malik Bendjelloul has reportedly taken his own life – at age 36.
The Swedish filmmaker won the 2013 Academy Award – for Best Documentary for “Searching For Sugar Man.”
The film took four years to make and profiled Sixto Rodrigues – an unknown singer from Detroit whose recording made him a superstar in South Africa – without him knowing about it.
The documentary follows two South African journalists trying to track down Rodriguez in America – after rumours of his death.
Bendjelloul’s brother told a Swedish newspaper that Malik committed suicide on Tuesday – after struggling with depression.
The 2013 Oscar win was the first time a Swedish film had won an Academy Award since Ingmar Bergman’s “Fanny and Alexander” in 1984.