Marley: One Love, One Heart
(The Documentary- Movie review)
It takes a revolution to create a solution
It is historically estimated that approximately 60 million people were the object of Human Trafficking during the time of the discovery of the “New World” and the development of colonies on South& North Americas and the Caribbean Islands.
Marley is an unorthodox documentary about the man behind the legend of Bob Marley. Much more than a journey through time, Marley is a loving photograph of Bob Marley’s legacy through the eyes of his family and friends.
Natural from a rural region of Saint Ann in Jamaica, Robert Nesta Marley was born in a small house on the hill.
Son of a white private official and a young Jamaican woman, Bob Marley grew up surrounded by social and racial disparities; he envisioned, during his childhood, a way to leave his halfway world.
At 12 years old, Marley moved with his mother to Kingston, in pursuit of a better life, but they ended up settling in the violent and diverse city of Trench Town.
You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.
Marley has become loved by the global audience for hits such as “No Woman, No Cry” and “Redemption Song.” Still, diehard fans often question whether casual listeners appreciate his Afrocentrism, his Rastafarian faith, and his more significant influence as an international peacemaker in Jamaica.
Bob Marley became one of the best-known faces of the Rastafarian spiritual movement. He became a defender of a message of peace, freedom, and emancipation, a denouncer of poverty, repression and social reality in Jamaica, left us with 14 albums alive — 12 studio and two live — as well as a legacy in reggae that remains solid today, with over 200 million records sold.
“Legend,” initially released in 1984, is still the best-selling album in reggae history.
“Exodus” (1977) was chosen by the magazine “Time” as one of the best albums of the 20th century.
The most beautiful things are not perfect, they are special
The Scottish director from Marley, Kevin Macdonald, carefully crafted this biopic documentary, collecting fragments in Marley to retell the life of the mestizo singer and guitarist. He was responsible for popularizing reggae and Rastafarianism around the world.
The Documentary was clearly a laborious and sometimes even exhausting effort to follow; photographs and testimonies obsessively collected to make up for the lack of archives (from Marley’s first decade of career there are no videos, according to Macdonald), many of which are negotiated individually with each owner of these materials. Marley’s Documentary is far from definitive, though, although the film — supported by the singer’s family — is sold that way.
There are new situations that the director leaves unfilled to increase the importance of the documented materials (there were other vocal trios in Kingston at the time and other successful Jamaican artists in London, not just Marley, and the Wailers).
Some conflicts went unnoticed, and unregistered (like the time that Marley did not invite his band partners to his wedding).
From his childhood in Jamaica to the prophet of the oppressed, MARLEY documentary follows one of the world’s most influential musicians with unheard tracks, never-before-seen footage, and intimate interviews with his family, friends, and colleagues.
Nothing is wrong if it makes you happy.
Presented at the Berlin Film Festival, “Marley,” presenting Bob Marley’s family and some leading figures in the musical evolution of the icon contributing with information, including one of the members of the original Wailers formation, Neville “Bunny” Livingstone, and the founder of Island Records,
the Documentary, in addition to the biography of the singer, presents concert scenes, and a rare interview, among other unpublished content.