Rubén Blades is Not My Name
Selected as the Panamanian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards. Audience Award-winner at SXSW 2018.
Latin American icon Rubén 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.
Director Abner Benaim takes us on a journey through Rubén’s 50-year career, revealing that Rubén still has both musical and political ambitions.
This is a film about a living legend and his struggle to come to terms with his legacy. Featuring Paul Simon, Sting, Junot Diaz and Gilberto Santa Rosa.
"gives the man his due while anticipating lots more in the years to come."
"More than anything, this documentary is a celebration of Blades the Musician."
"allows audiences to get better acquainted with the multi-talented artist and highly intelligent Renaissance man."