Ruben Blades is Not My Name

This screening is a part of our 2019 Latin American Film Festival

NR, 85 minutes


Latin American icon Ruben Blades was at the center of the New York Salsa revolution in the 1970’s. His socially charged lyrics and explosive rhythms brought Salsa music to an international audience. Blades has won 17 Grammys, acted in Hollywood, earned a law degree from Harvard and even ran for President of his native Panama. He lives in New York, where he shares his life at home and on tour with the camera. 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. The film is a celebration of this living legend and his struggle to come to terms with his legacy. (2018, Abner Benaim, Panama/Argentina/Colombia, Spanish with English subtitles, 85 mins, NR)

“[Rubén Blades is Not My Name] is a film that points to classicism in the way of narrating a documentary biographical tone, without assuming too many aesthetic risks down the altar to the “god” to portray the man, without makeup and with complete naturalness.” — Juan Pablo Russo, EscribiendoCine

“[An authorized documentary] with all the advantages and disadvantages that this implies: access to the intimacy of the character but with implicit limits on what is shown or said.” — Gaspar Zimerman, Clarín

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