The life of Jamaica’s greatest ever musician will be encapsulated in film for the first time ever for the world to see later this month.
On Monday, which would have been Marley’s 67th birthday, it was announced by his family that the first ever documentary on the legendary singer’s life, entitled Marley, will premiere later this month at the 62nd annual Berlin International Film Festival. Marley was directed by Academy Award winning director, Kevin MacDonald. Additionally, the movie was produced by Magnolia Pictures and executive produced by Island Records founder, Chris Blackwell as well as Bob Marley’s eldest son and fellow Reggae artiste, Ziggy Marley.
According to Ziggy Marley, this documentary will take an in-depth look into Bob Marley’s life as a musician, father and social activist. “This documentary is the ultimate revelation of my father’s life,” Marley said in a statement to AllHipHop.com. “The family is proud to be able to have the world finally experience this emotional journey.”
The documentary will showcase never before seen footage of Bob Marley, interviews with family, friends and band mates from The Wailers as well as archival pictures. Magnolia Pictures president, Eamonn Bowles insists that this film will tell an eloquent story of the Reggae legend’s life; insisting that Marley hails as a fitting biography that the prominent Jamaican singer has long deserved. “Bob Marley is a fascinating, towering figure in musical history, and ‘Marley’ is the biography that he deserves,” Bowles said. “Kevin Macdonald has once again shown himself to be a master documentarian with this eye-opening, entertaining, beautifully crafted film.”
Marley will debut in North America at South by Southwest (SXSW) in March and will premiere across North American theatres this April. The popular American television station, VH1 has officially licensed the documentary through their Emmy Award winning Rock Docs imprint.
The Documentary will premiere May the 10th in The Netherlands.