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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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Thumbs up, 9 August 2013
Author: edenluv2013 from United States

I had high expectations when I purchased this film...and it delivered! I am a little shocked at the few poor reviews on here. Obviously, the intention of this film slipped right past them. If you are simply a fan of documentaries and looking for the typical format and rehearsed dialog that suits the purpose of sales and entertainment...then you may be disappointed. But, if you are a true Bob Marley fan with a desire to glimpse into the true life of Bob Marley, the man...and not just Bob Marley the Entertainer...then this film will take you on an intimate ride into the authentic, unadulterated journey that led and molded Bob into the legend that we all came to see. You cannot truly love someone without knowing their truth...and accepting it. No man is an island. There was a team that put this perfect package together. Esther Anderson tells of her personal and intimate experience with 'the man'...the side of Bob that you would not see on stage. A persons life is usually multifaceted..this is Esther's story...Her testimony. I am sure there are more stories out there...this is hers. Regardless of issues with rights to music...this film displays the personal archives of raw footage that you would not see otherwise. If I want to see a concert...I can watch one on Netflix. I wanted to feel his moods...his vulnerability...his passion. Esther Anderson was a lover...a coach...a friend. A choice consented between two remarkable people. To suggest that Esther used this film as a platform to flaunt her love affair reveals a person's ignorance and lack of insight pertaining to Esther. Have you read her extensive list of accomplishments? What laughable nonsense! She is a legend in her own right...not a desperate woman seeking attention. I know her personally, and she is elegant and graceful. She helped guide Bob into his glory. This film takes you into the beginning of Bob and the Wailer's career...with extra bonuses featuring Peter Tosh...I cherish this film...and I fell even deeper in love with Bob (and Esther). To the man who said that Esther painted a picture of Bob staring out windows with not much to say... I say, that is believable. His part in this dream-team, was to relay his message to the world and set our hearts on fire for hope, change, and love. His quiet countenance off stage needs no validation. Cheers to 56 Hope Street...The womb of a legend.

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