The re-release of MARLEY is a 2012 documentary-biological film directed by Kevin Macdonald covering the life and musical career of Bob Marley in now virtual and traditional cinemas, is part of a year-long celebration in honor of Bob Marley’s 75th birthday.
The film MARLEY is a strong retrospective of a full life filled with interviews with mainly those who knew him such as Rita Marley, Ziggy Marley, Constance Marley (half-sister) Peter Marley (second cousin) Bunny Wailer, Cedella Marley Booker, Bunny Livingston, Cindy Breakspeare (one of his loves) Aston Barrett, Chris Blackwell, Peter Tosh and more.
There is a lot archival footage looking back at his musical career The film is the same, just with a new intro from Ziggy Marley. With each ticket purchase, recipients receive an exclusive Ziggy Marley song download pack and an entry to win a grand prize package, including a yet to be released Bob Marley photo book, Marley vinyl and select other Marley merchandise. The film hasn’t been available on streaming platforms since its release.
A list of participating cinemas can be found at the below website:
Marley loved music from a very young age but he had poor record sales as a solo artist with his first singles Judge Not and One Cup of Coffee. He then collaborated with Peter Tosh and ended up with “The Wailers.” This group later became known as Bob Marley and the Wailers and they took off. This put Jamaican culture on the worldwide map as well as Reggae music and the Rastafari movement.
The films highlights Marley's struggle with racial identity and acceptance. His widow Rita says “they saw Bob as an outcast, because he didn’t really belong to anyone. You’re in-between. You’re black and white; so you’re not even black.” He once said: "I don't have prejudice against myself. My father was a white and my mother was black. Them call me half-caste or whatever. Me don't dip on nobody's side. Me don't dip on the black man's side nor the white man's side. Me dip on God's, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white."
He was member of the movement starting with his friendship with a Rastafari preacher and a belief that the Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie I who he thought was the reincarnation of Christ. Rita converted to Rastafari after visiting Selassie. She said I saw “marks in his hands”, similar to those Jesus had from being nailed to the cross.
The film also looks at his inspirations for songs and his children. He had 11 with seven women. The movie also looks at his death. In 1977, Marley had a cancerous toe. It is believed that the sore on his toe was the result of a cancer that was already spreading in his body. Rita says "Somebody stepped on it with their spiked boots and it started to get infested. But Bob would still play football the next day on it, and the next day. Doctors recommended amputation of the hip and removing the entire leg and he could survive. Marley started losing his hair during chemotherapy. He was unhappy losing his dreadlocks, part of Rastafarism.
The soundtrack to MARLEY was released four days prior to the film, on 16 April 2012 It contains 24 of the 66 tracks listed in the closing credits of the movie.
The movie ends with Marley saying a quote that was the overall message in his music: "I don’t really have any ambition, you know? I only have one thing I’d really like to see happen. I’d like to see mankind living together. Black, White, Chinese , everyone. That’s all."
How appropriate for today's time. Truly a man of hope that still today we have not achieved.
No matter what Marley's beliefs where or how he chose to live his life, he moved a world and created global awareness to a culture and to a new genre of music that had yet to go worldwide. He made a huge difference to the music scene and for that he will be forever entrenched as one of the greats.
The credits are especially touching in that people from many countries are singing Get Up, Stand Up and One Love, two iconic songs that live forever in your hearts, lives and memories. Music