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Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend -- An intimate portrait of Bob Marley and The Wailers made from footage shot in the early 1970s and lost for 30 years.
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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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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Bob Marley Making Of A Legend, 12 January 2013
Author: bongo-hifi from United Kingdom

Esther Anderson met Bob Marley in New York at the end of 1972 shortly after starring in A Warm December opposite Sidney Poitier at the time when Bob was still unknown. A minority shareholder and co - founder of Island Records, Esther helped to launch the international career of Jamaican artists like Millie Small and Jimmy Cliff from the early 1960's in London. Growing up with The Beatles and The Stones in swinging London, and in Hollywood with Marlon Brando, Esther was the right person to transform the career of The Wailers into the most successful Reggae band in the world.

When Bob asked her to help him and the Wailers, and she listened to their revolutionary lyrics and rhythm with songs like Concrete Jungle, Slave Driver and 400 Years, Esther made a commitment to get them through the door. She returned to Jamaica to launch the band, rehearsing them, photographing them and filming their early development. A passionate artist, Esther immersed herself in the world of Reggae and the Rastafarian culture, becoming creatively and emotionally involved with Bob Marley, writing songs of protest and pioneering a historical social change in the struggle for equal rights and justice for the people of colour. This entire journey was recorded by Esther with a prototype Sony video camera and a super-8 film camera for a blue print film on the Wailers, Reggae music and the Rastafarian culture, and a Nikon camera for the promotion of their new image. Esther and Bob's first collaboration was the song Get up stand up for your Rights, followed by I Shot the Sheriff, Burnin' and Lootin', Talking Blues, Revolution, Easy Skanking, Road Block and War. Her photograph of Bob smoking a joint became the first iconic poster of Bob Marley and The Wailers and later the front cover of their album Catch a Fire. Her photographs on the gatefold Burnin' album, similar in concept to The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's album, created the union between Reggae and Rasta, which would become Bob Marley's image around the world. Seven years later, when Bob Marley passed away in 1981, his music spoke to all nations, and today he is the most popular artist in the world.......

Beware some negative reviews of this film, which are ill informed and miss the point.This film makes available for the first time, Esther Andersons personal and intimate footage of Bob Marley & The Wailers. Don't expect polished cinematography, this is very much an earthly portrait of Bob and The Wailers from someone who was actually there. That is not to say that this is not a proffesionally produced and quality piece of filmaking,which it evidently is.

Esther Anderson has been the subject of personal abuse and harassment by racists on her social media sites who are pursuing a hidden agenda to undermine the success of this film. This is a must see film for anyone interested in The Wailers,Reggae Music,Rastafari and its message of universal love and unity.

Them tired fi see we face, but dem cant get us out of this race..

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