A look at the history of one-time Gestapo commander Klaus Barbie, infamously known as "The Butcher of Lyon." This documentary's main focus will be on Barbie's post-war activities, in which ... See full summary »
Based on footage shot in the early seventies and lost for more than thirty years, NAACP IMAGE AWARD winner Esther Anderson takes us on a journey to Jamaica and into 56 HOPE ROAD, Kingston, ... See full summary »
Return To Podor is a documentary that follows Senegalese artist Baaba Maal and Mumford and Sons on their journey to the most remote music festival in the world: Blues du Fleuve (River Blues) in Podor, Senegal.
Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. The definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international super-stardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, there is rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.Written by
To his surprise, Kevin Macdonald discovered that there is not one single piece of footage of Bob Marley from the first 10 years of his performing career (1962 - 1973). See more »
Bob Andy, Studio 1:
Brought a piece of equipment from the United States. And it was in the studio for a long time and no one knew what to do with it. They decided to hook it up. And when it was hooked up we read that it was a tape delay. So, when you make one strum, it comes back at you at the same time. Chi-chi. And the other studios use: chi, chi. And thought it was the guitar making more sounds. So, reggae, in my mind, actually developed out of an illusion.
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I was expecting to see the same bits of footage, images, interviews etc. that I've seen before but this doc reveals lots more. We learn how his early formative years as a dual heritage child growing up in rural JA gave him a unique philosophical view in which to form his own ideas of who he was and what his destiny was to be.
The film also has the luxury of 144 mins to illuminate the genius that Bob was. I got to appreciate how influential and messianic he became within his immediate circle, his community and his nation. His ambition, drive and competitiveness were an integral part of his make-up and became central to his mission to preach love, Rastafari and unity. Any resistance to this would be casually side-stepped.
Whilst not a saint his soul crackled with energy and shone bright, perhaps too bright for the physical being that contained it and which sadly gave out at only 36. But the legacy lives on in the music, the voice of a struggling people, and we should listen as well as dance.
Peace, love and blessings.
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