Palm buys Marley docu 'Africa Unite'


NEW YORK -- Palm Pictures has acquired all North American and U.K. rights to Stephanie Black’s Bob Marley family docu “Africa Unite.”

The feature follows three generations of the Marley’s family as they take their first trip to Ethiopia for a landmark concert commemorating the singer’s 60th birthday. The film features rare footage of the late artist and many of his original recordings on the soundtrack.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador artists Danny Glover and Angélique Kidjo appear in the film, along with footage of the 12-hour political concert attended by more than 300,000 people. “‘Africa Unite’ is a call to action catalyzed by Bob Marley’s musical legacy,” said Danny Glover, one of the film’s executive producers.

Palm plans a theatrical release this winter, followed by an early 2008 DVD release in time for February’s Black History Month. The film was produced by Black and executive produced by Rita Marley, Cedella Marley, Glover and his Louverture Films co-owner Joslyn Barnes.

The deal was brokered by Palm Pictures CFO Marty Hillis, Doreen Crujeiras on behalf of Tuff Gong Pictures and Barnes on behalf of Louverture.