Ruben Blades Is Not My Name

Ruben Blades Is Not My Name

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 run 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.
This is a film about a living legend and his struggle to come to terms with his legacy.

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Abner Benaim


Director: Abner Benaim
Executive Producer: Abner Benaim, Gema Juarez Allen
Producer: Abner Benaim, Gema Juarez Allen, Cristina Gallego
Screenwriter: Abner Benaim
Cinematographer: Gastón Girod, Mauro Colombo
Editor: Felipe Guerrero
Sound Designer: Lena Esquenazi
Music: Ruben Blades, Tito Puentes and others
Principal Cast: Ruben Blades, Sting, Paul Simon, Rene Perez (Residente), Gilberto Santa Rosa, Larry Harlow, Andy Montañez, Ismael Miranda, Junot Diaz, Luba Mason


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Abner Benaim
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Year: 2018
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Biography, Documentary, Music
Screening Section: 24 Beats Per Second
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: Argentina, Colombia, Panama
Language: Spanish, English
Runtime: 85:20 mins