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Oscar winning Swedish Film Director Malik Bendjelloul died

May 13, 2014 18:14 IST

Oscar winning Swedish film director, Malik Bendjelloul died in Stockholm on 13 May 2014. He was 36.

He was most famous for his 2012 documentary Searching for Sugar Man for which he won an Oscar and BAFTA in 2013 in the best documentary category. The documentary also won the Swedish Guldbagge award.

The documentary Searching for Sugar Man detailed the life and career of the American singer Sixto Rodriguez. Rodriguez was a US singer who disappeared from the music scene while unwittingly becoming a massive cult hit in Africa.

He also directed documentaries on other musicians, including Elton John, Rod Stewart, Bjork and Kraftwerk.

Bendjelloul was born in Ystad in southern Sweden. He acted in the Swedish TV series Ebba and Didrik as a child during the 1990s before studying journalism and media production at the Linnaeus University of Kalmar, Sweden. He worked as a culture reporter for the Swedish public broadcaster SVT.

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Who: Malik Bendjelloul

Where: Stockholm , Sweden

What: died

When: 13 May 2014

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