Documentary, directed by : Kevin MacDonald, cast : Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Rita Marley, Cedella Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Chris Blackwell, ..., produced by : Charles Steel (producer), Zack Schwartz (co - producer), Geraldine Hawkins (line producer), Steve Bing, Chris Blackwell, Ziggy Marley (executive producers), Suzette Newman (associate producer), cinematography by : Mike Eley, Alvin H. Küchler, Willy Pfister, film editing by : Dan Sledemming, Natalie Thompson, second unit director : Michelle Coomber, art department : Frederik Mordbeck, sound department ;: Nina Hertslane, Emile O'Connor (supervisor), visual effects by : Hayden James (supervisor), Simone Code, Matthew Lawrence (digital compositor), camera and electrical department : Peter Emery (director), animation department : Jude Caffoor (producer), Mattéo Manzini (director), Nina Pfeifenberger, Gideon Prism (animator), editorial department : Katie Buffeck - Webster (coordinator), Chris Duveen, Adam Eddy, Chris Kong, Avdhesh Muhla, Peter Moutford (editor), music department : Niv Adiri (editor), transportation department : Paul Bewan (coordinator), other crew : Carrie - Ann Banner, Sinead Corey, Joanne Crowther (coordinator), USA, GB, 2012.
Many documentaries speak about Bob Marley but the director Kevin McDonald thinks that there is always something to tell about him. After the shooting of "The last king of Scotland" in Ouganda the director decided to realise a documentary during a walk inside the suburbs of Kampala. Before two directors Martin Scorsese and Jonathan Demme were sollicited for realising a documentary with Marley as topic but they have refused to do that because they have estimated that they don't have enough time for such work. Kevin McDonald is a well known director of documentaries and he has won an Academy Award in 2000 for "A day in september". He has spent many time for having the informations and for resolving the other problems like finding money. Kevin McDonald has recieved many informations from the people around Bob Marley like Bunny Wailer also from his family circle like his own children but and it's surprising from the daughter of the Gabon's dictator Omar Bongo who was one of his last mistresses. At the end Kevin McDonald shows the documentary to Ziggy Marley and Cedella Marley and the both say that it's a great work.
The childhood of Bob Marley wasn't very easy because he was a mixed person in the Jamaïca of the fifties.His father a white man owns a small factory and died in 1957. His mother was a black woman and house wife. Rejected by the both sides (black and white) Bob Marley refugies himself in the music. Now the family of his father regret the attitude of their ancestors. Bob Marley discovers also the ideology of Rastafari (Ras Tafari) inspired by the last emperor of Ethiopia Haïlé Sélassié. The Ethiopia is a country in Africa that the europeans have never succeeded to colonize. At this time he becomes to be a well known musician in Jamaïca.
He has a real artistic potential and he decided to go to England for developping it. He chooses also a new manager Chris Blackwell. The success arrives with titles like "Exodus". During his concerts he has blacks and whites fans in equality but his personnality changes with the success. With the money of his concerts he bought a new house in Trenchtown a district of Kingston the capital of Jamaica. He becomes more strict and overbearing withe the persons who live under his roof. He becomes also more machist, egocentric and suspicious with the women who live around him. During a football match he is wounded on his foot.The doctors say that he has a small melanomia but he doesn't care about this.
The doctors diagnose and say to Bob Marley that he has a cancer after a blackout on stage during a concert. This new has a big impact on the Bob Marley's personnality and he decided to change for being a man of peace. He becomes to be a man of peace in Jamaïca. During the seventies many riots have happened all over the country and everybody think that the result of these riots could be a civil war. Bob Marley has demanded at the end of one of these concerts to the leaders of the both sides to go on stage for shaking their hands together. After that the situation becomed more peaceful. He has written also songs with more peaceful words and has gone in Africa for watching and singing for the ceremony of the Zimbabwe independance's. During the concert for supporting the independance of the Zimbabwe he didn't hesitate to make critics about the dictators of Africa including the future dictator of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe. But the sickness grows highly and after a treatment in a clinic in Germany at the end of 1980 he dies the 11th of may 1981 in Miami.