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Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend -- A UNESCO Award nominated film charting the rise of Bob Marley and The Wailers to international stardom made from footage shot in the early 1970s and lost for 30 years. 


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Ester Anderson (co-director)
Gian Godoy (co-director)
Ester Anderson (co-writer)
Gian Godoy (co-writer)
Based on footage shot in the early seventies and lost for more than thirty years, NAACP IMAGE AWARD... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Great film for all your hardcore reggae fans.... See more (22 total) »


Ester Anderson ... Herself (as Esther Anderson)
Aston Barrett ... Aston Barrett
Carlton Barrett ... Carlton Barrett
Countryman ... Countryman
Marcus Garvey ... Marcus Garvey
Earl Lindo ... Wire Lindo
Bunny Livingston ... Bunny Livingston
Mother Macky ... Mother Macky

Bob Marley ... Bob Marley
Haile Selassie ... Haile Selassie
Peter Tosh ... Peter Tosh

Directed by
Ester Anderson (co-director) (as Esther Anderson)
Gian Godoy (co-director)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ester Anderson  co-writer (as Esther Anderson)
Gian Godoy  co-writer

Produced by
Ester Anderson .... producer (as Esther Anderson)
Joe Coles .... associate producer
Matthew Coles .... executive producer
Octave Perrault .... associate producer
Film Editing by
Ester Anderson  (as Esther Anderson)
Gian Godoy 
Sound Department
Tony Curran .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Gian Godoy .... digital effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Mauro Godoy .... additional photography

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90 min


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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Great film for all your hardcore reggae fans...., 29 March 2012
Author: Bwoyruff from United Kingdom

I fail to understand some of these poor reviews on here, obviously not written by true reggae fans who appreciate what Bob did for reggae. This film is a real treasure for any Bob Marley fan who would like to get a more intimate glimpse into his life. For the first time this footage is being shown in it's entirety, until now we've only ever seen short snippets of footage from this film in various Bob documentaries over the years and for the first time we get to see it all along with commentary and we get to see Esther revisit the old haunts where she used to hang with the Wailers. It's a a real gem but only appreciate by those who truly understand the importance of such footage. If your looking for a glossy commercial documentary with all the bells and whistles then you have come to the wrong place. Most of the footage was shot in the 70's on super 8 not as film, but as a record. I can;t think Esther enough for releasing this, despite her having obvious problems from the Marleys trying to stop her from using music in the film which is a great shame, they are obviously trying to spoilt her film as it's taking he limelight from the new Marley film due for release. If you love Bob Marley and what he stands for then this film is essential in your collection. Never before have we seen such intimate footage of bob in such a relaxing setting. Goo luck with the film ........


Ps Which film do you think Bob would want you to purchase? a film made by people who no nothing about reggae or a film made by his ex-girlfriend in his honour. I also wonder what Bob would have though about them using the 4.20 date as the release of this new Marley doc. Not seen this one yet but looking forward to it, i know the director has made some great films so i have high hopes for it but will see.

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