Giving One Love Festival audience a very special glimpse into Bob Marley before he was famous, and a rare opportunity to ask questions about Bob Marley to someone who personally knew him. The film presents the 'lost footage of Bob Marley' shot by Esther Anderson in 56 Hope Road in 1973, showing for the first time the young Bob Marley and the Wailers reasoning and performing their first ever rehearsal.
This historical footage and Esther's intimate narration reveals the love story between Esther and Bob, the writing of anthems like Get up stand up, I Shot the Sheriff and War. The restored footage also reveals the brotherly friendship between Bob Marley and Peter Tosh and the strength of the Reggae sound by the other legends Aston Familyman Barrett and his brother Carlton Barrett, unravelling a vision that gave birth of the union between Reggae music and Rasta consciousness during a time of social confrontation.
In music Esther Anderson helped to develop the career of Millie Small, and Bob Marley and The Wailers. Her photographs launch ed the career of Bob Marley and The Wailers (All photographs appearing on Catch a Fire album and Burnin' album were shot by Esther Anderson in 1973 to launch their international career). Esther was a minority shareholder of Island Records and an associate producer of The Harder They Come, casting Jimmy Cliff for the part of Ivan O Martin and coaching him for the part. A co-founder of Island Records, Esther helped to create a musical revolution from the early 60, giving an international platform to Jamaican musicians.
Esther is a NAACP Image Award winning actress in Hollywood films opposite actors like Sidney Poitier and Sammy Davis Jr. Among her credits she play the lead role opposite Sidney Poitier in A Warm December – for which she was put forward for an Oscar nomination by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She was made an Honorary Citizen of Memphis Tennessee for her contribution to music and films.
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