Kingston, Mar 18. -Twenty years after his death, Jamaican legendary musician Bob Marley returns to theaters, now through the screening of a documentary, given up for lost for over 30 years, that will be screened in Britain.
The footage, showing the rise of Marley and his reggae band The Wailers, was shot by Jamaican filmmaker Esther Anderson in 1972, when the singer was virtually unknown.
The tapes disappeared mysteriously until 2000, when a British documentary maker found them.
Nearly fourty years after her first contact with Marley, Anderson is preparing the premiere of the material in several cities worldwide, including London, where it will be screened over the weekend.
Anderson met the singer in New York during a promotional tour of the Catch a Fire album, the band's first, now a classic, but barely recognized at the time.
To help him promote the album, Anderson decided to take photos and film Marley during a tour of the Caribbean.
Bob was not famous then, he dressed as an outsider and spent days in the street talking philosophy and the suffering of the people, she said.
Most of the footage was filmed in Island House studios, currently the home of a museum dedicated to the musician, one of the most visited places in Kingston.
According to Anderson, it was she who linked the colors red, yellow and green to the band, later the banners of the Rastafari, a socio-cultural and religious movement that originated in Ethiopia and was spread in Latin America by The Wailers.
Bob Marley, wo died at 36, is considered as the symbol of Jamaican popular music and culture, and as an icon among youngsters in the region. (Prensa Latina)