'We don't have education, we have inspiration. If I was educated, I'd be a damn fool.' Just one thought-provoking statement from reggae superstar Bob Marley, and this documentary offers many more. It's a cut-and-paste montage of interviews, live and in-rehearsal footage, which follows Marley's life from the Trenchtown ghetto to superstardom, capturing simply and succinctly his spiritual and political beliefs, and the brilliance of his music. On-stage footage of the earnest, dreadlocked singer predominates, and there's many a passionate rendering of hits, as well as acoustic versions of less well-known numbers. Marley is the film's only narrator, and in heavy patois he expounds on Rastafarianism, human rights and the Herb, with forthright candour. It's a moving portrait, and the coverage of Marley's death is especially poignant. This will certainly make those who never saw him live wish they had.
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