HBO Presents “Yo no me llamo Rubén Blades”


[Many thanks to David Labiosa for bringing this item to our attention.] El Nacional reports that this Monday, March 25, 2019, at 9:00pm, HBO and HBO GO will present a documentary film directed by Panamanian director Abner Benaim, Yo no me llamo Rubén Blades [Rubén Blades is Not My Name]. According to Billboard, the film will also have a theatrical run in Latin America, premiering on August 30. Benaim’s film reveals “the man behind the artist,” the renowned salsa singer, songwriter, actor, and former Minister of Tourism in Panama, Rubén Blades. Here is a brief excerpt from Billboard.

“I was looking to find out who is the man behind the artist,” Benaim (who, like Blades, is from Panama) tells Billboard. “Who is the guy who writes these songs that are so incredible and that have moved so many people and have made people think. A couple generations of Latin Americans have his songs in their heads.”

In the film — which was shot in Blades’ native Panama City, his longtime home town New York, and in various locations on the road — the famed salsa singer, actor and humanitarian narrates the story of his life and career. Blades takes the viewer on a tour of the neighborhood where he was born, the former Fania Records offices and his Manhattan home, among other locations. The revealing film includes performances of “Pedro Navaja” and other well-known tracks, and Paul Simon, Sting and Calle 13’s Residente also make cameos. [. . .]

Watch the trailer for Yo no me llamo Rubén Blades from Apertura Films.

Sources and recent article (in Spanish)


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