“Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend” Film Screening & Discussion

On Wednesday February 12th at 4:30pm, the sixth annual Performing Diaspora series will take a look at the award-winning film Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend by Esther Anderson and Gian Godoy, based on footage shot in the early seventies which examines aspects of the life, creativity, beliefs and influences of young Marley and the Wailers, when the idea of a Jamaican supergroup akin to the Beatles or the Rolling Stones was just a dream.The film shows us the launch of their international career with “Get Up Stand Up,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” and the “Burnin” and “Catch a Fire” albums that brought to the world Reggae music and Rasta consciousness.

Following the screening of the film, directors Esther Anderson and Gian Godoy will engage in an audience Q&A, after which will commence a panel discussion with Dr. Daive Dunkley, and Chozen, wherein they will explore the fascination surrounding ‘Bob’ the man and the icon, and, the rise and popularity of Reggae music and Rastafarianism as a wider religious, historical and political construct in Jamaica and the Diaspora.


Dr. Dunkley is a History Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, and author of Agency of the Enslaved: Jamaica and the Culture of Freedom in the Atlantic World, whose work currently focuses on the foundational leaders of the Rastafarian movement, such as Leonard P. Howell and Archibald Dunkley, states that “the Rastafari represents one of the most important groups in modern Jamaica in terms of demonstrating agency.

Chosen is the co-host of the Zion Train reggae show on York University’s radio station CHRY, and co-owner of Trea Jah Isle Records, located in the heart of the Caribbean business strip in the Eglinton West neighborhood of Toronto. 

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Given the intention of Performing Diaspora in prominently featuring the voices of Africans and persons of African descent in Canada, this event will be recorded and later transcribed, in an effort to collect oral histories and create a record of the experiences. It will then be edited for a Performing Diaspora Series of publications, to be published at a later date. 

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