Ruben Blades Is Not My Name
Directed by Abner Benaim
This star-studded documentary offers an intimate portrait of Ruben Blades, revealing a living legend and his struggle to come to terms with his legacy.
Latin American icon Ruben Blades was at the center of the New York Salsa revolution in the 1970s. His socially charged lyrics and explosive rhythms brought Salsa music to an international audience. Blades won 17 Grammys, acted in Hollywood, earned a law degree from Harvard and even ran for President of his native Panama. He lives in NY, where he granted us exclusive access to his life at home and on tour. Critically acclaimed director Abner Benaim takes us on a journey through Ruben’s 50-year career, revealing that Ruben might still have both musical and political ambitions.
Festivals & Awards: SXSW Film Festival 2018 (Audience Award – 24 Beats Per Second): Panama International Film Festival (Closing Night Film)
Producers: Abner Benaim, Gema Juarez Allen, Cristina Gallego
Cast: Ruben Blades, Sting, Paul Simon, Rene Perez (Residente), Gilberto Santa Rosa, Larry Harlow, Andy Montañez, Ismael Miranda, Junot Diaz, Luba Mason