Chris Knipp Writing: Movies, Politics, Art

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A return treat for Bob Marley fans.

On the occasion of what would have been his seventy-fifth birthday, a special rerelease of a documentary has opened in both virtual and some traditional cinemas today, July 31, 2020. Directed by: Kevin Macdonald (in 2012) - who made Touching the Void and The Last King of Scotland. Produced by: Ziggy Marley, Steve Bing, Charles Steel. Metascore: 82%. Part of a year-long celebration of the Bob Marley legacy sanctioned by his family.

I've watched this film and it pulsates with Bob Marley's charisma and the catchy rhythm and positive, unifying spirit of his songs. It digs deep into his impoverished origins in the ghetto of ghettos in a remote Jamaica town, his pivotal conversion to Rastafarianism, his hard fought fame in America and Europe. It's hard to watch the end, his possibly unnecessary death from a melanoma that started at his big toe, and carried him away at the age of 36 - though he left many songs, a permanent global fame, and 11 children from 7 mothers. Rolling Stone ranked him No. 11 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. In him, the spirit of the seventies lives on.

[PR release.]
Born into poverty in rural Jamaica, Bob Marley became a prophet for the world’s oppressed, preaching peace, love, and understanding with a universal language - song. Now in 2020, the Marley family has rolled out a yearlong MARLEY75 commemorative series of events across all forms of media in celebration of the legendary cultural icon, on what would have been Marley’s seventy-fifth birthday. As part of this series of special events, audiences can see in virtual and traditional theaters a special re-release of MARLEY, in which Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald combines unheard tracks, unseen footage, and intimate interviews to paint a definitive portrait of the legendary artist.

With each ticket purchase, recipients will receive an exclusive Ziggy Marley song download pack. Additionally, all ticket purchases will be entered to win a grand prize package, including a yet to be released Bob Marley photo book, Marley vinyl and select other Marley merchandise.

Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 7 nominations

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