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Africa Unite (2008)

Dudley Thompson , Danny Glover , Stephanie Black  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dudley Thompson, Danny Glover, Damian Marley, Lauryn Hill, Sharon Marley Prendergast
  • Directors: Stephanie Black
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WC39OA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,629 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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AFRICA UNITE is a singular and masterfully executed film that is at once concert tribute, Marley family travelogue, and humanitarian documentary, igniting the screen with the spirit of world renowned reggae icon BOB MARLEY in its every frame. In commemoration of Bob’s 60th birthday, Africa Unite is centered on the Marleys’ first time ever family trip to Ethiopia in 2005. Includes rare archival footage of world renowned reggae icon Bob Marley. There in the capital city of Addis Ababa three generations of Marleys take part in a 12 hour concert like no other, attended by more than 300,000 people from around the world, with the ultimate purpose of inspiring the young generations of Africa to unite for the future of their continent. Features exuberant on stage spots as well as a soundtrack brimming with Bob Marley studio classics. Includes appearances by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, actor Danny Glover, world music sensation Angelique Kidjo, Bob Marley’s mother Mrs. Booker, and Princess Mary, granddaughter of Emperor Haile Selassie. Produced and directed by Stephanie Black, Life & Debt; H 2 Worker, Associate Produced by Ras Bobby Morgan, and Executive Produced by Rita Marley, Cedella Marley, Danny Glover, and Joslyn Barnes.

The spirit of Bob Marley imbues Africa Unite, a documentary-cum-concert recorded in 2005, the year of what would have been the late reggae pioneer's 60th birthday. Yet it was more than Marley's music (represented here by versions of classics like "Get Up, Stand Up," "Natty Dread,""Burnin' and Lootin'," and "I Shot the Sheriff," variously performed by widow Rita and sons Ziggy, Stephen, Julian, Damian, and Ky-Mani, along with a few vintage clips of Marley himself in action) that drew thousands of Africans and others to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for a week of music, symposiums, and other events. More than any other genre-defining artist of the pop music era--more even than Bob Dylan, who neither sought nor was comfortable with the "voice of a generation" tag--Bob Marley's work contained an overt political element, and it is his message of resistance to oppression and the necessity for people to work together to enact change that galvanizes director Stephanie Black's film. And while Marley, a Jamaican, never actually performed in Ethiopia, the choice of that country (referred to as "the genesis of mankind") as a location makes perfect sense, as it was ruled by Emperor Haile Selassie, whom Marley and other Rastafarians regarded as God incarnate. Selassie, also known as the Lion of Judah, Ras Tafari, or Jah Rastafari, is invoked often; his granddaughter is on hand to welcome visitors (who also include Marley's mother, Cedella Booker, and actor Danny Glover). In juxtaposing old news footage from Africa's colonial past with new material in which participants discuss the vital importance of African self-sufficiency, Africa Unite offers a well-balanced and informative perspective on an important and interesting subject. The music's pretty darn good, too. --Sam Graham

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Africa Unite is Fire March 9, 2008
This documentary/cinematic concert is wonderful. I learned so much about Ethiopia and Africa as a whole, the music was great, and the old footage of Haile Selassie, Bob Marley, and others was also a treat. Something you can watch over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Rasta profile July 17, 2008
A clear and very well organized DVD. I love the historical clips added to show the story of Rasta and Bob. It is a very nice DVD to have as a collection. I did hear the DVD can be found at other retail stores like Fry's at a lower price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! March 24, 2008
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The DVD is part documentary, part concert. Watching it makes me think how sorely mankind needs divine intervention, bc our problems run so deep, and try as we might we seem to use our differences to our detriment, instead of to our betterment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jah Bless October 15, 2009
In celebration of Bob's would-be 60th birthday, this documentary/concert provides insight to the Rasta movement and its message. There is rare footage of the messiah himself, Haile Selassie, and of the Marley family in their journey to Zion.
This film shows the power, influence, and meaning behind the music Bob introduced to the world. The music and the message live. Rasta or not watch this film.

"Rastafari not a culture- it's a reality." -Bob Marley
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome DVD... March 1, 2010
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This dvd is awesome. Being of Jamaican descent, I found it to be very touching. If you are into Rastafarian faith or culture, it is a must see...very informative on the history of the movement/faith. I cried the first time that I saw it, as it was such a moving documentary..the concept of uniting a continent large as Africa riddled with division, and the activism displayed by the youth in this film will touch your soul. It is very inspiring!! I purchased it as a gift for my sister and she loved it. A MUST SEE...
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