I went to the movies last evening, as I mentioned on my blog that I would be doing.
Yet, I did not watch a film - I lived a life.
Imagine, if you can, working toward a goal of yours (something that you put EVERYTHING you had into) and then presenting it to the world only to have the world shrug its shoulders and say, "Ooo, boring." Imagine, doing it a second time - with even MORE energy than before - and having the world pass on it. Uninterested, uncaring, unloving the very thing you so dearly love.
Then, imagine giving up on your goal - going about settling for something else, something that is completely unconnected to your life goal.
Yet, let's pretend that someone saw your project, in fact they were so impacted by your project that they took it to show others - and those others were even MORE impacted by your project and showed even MORE and MORE people.
So many people began to be impacted my your goal/your project that it impacted them for the rest of their lives.
Imagine that project to so culturally change mindsets of others that something as deeply divisive as racial hatred or utter disrespect began to fall to the ground.
Something like Apartheid.
Some place like the Republic of South Africa.
Some project like two record albums in the early 1970's.
Some songs that became the soundtrack to the end of centuries of racial separation.
All because of one failed American singer, who never knew his songs took off - so far away.
And then, imagine this story taking 25 years to uncover.
THAT is Searching for Sugar Man. Because the South Africans finally DO find "Sugar Man", Sixto Rodriguez.
It is a joyful, heartbreaking, heart-mending film for everyone who has dreamed really big and ended up living really small.
And ultimately, been contented with both.
Here is an accounting of what some on Rotten Tomatoes have written (95% Approval).
See the film. Especially if you have dreamed big only to think that you are now living small. No man really lives small.
The search for a long-lost pop icon has an unexpected payoff.
If you like music, a good mystery or, better yet, a combination of both, you won't be disappointed.