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    Ruben Blades Is Not My Name

    Directed by Abner Benaim
    Panama/Argentina/Colombia | 85 minutes | FLOS: Foreign Language Oscar Submissions

An energizing and intimate look at the legacy of musician/actor/politician Rubén Blades as he begins a new chapter in his life and reflects on his triumphs, failures, surprises and a fearless love of others that has fueled a legendary career.

film synopsis

Singer, songwriter, musician. Acclaimed actor, Harvard-educated lawyer, successful politician. The life and career of Rubén Blades has taken anything but the expected, well-trodden path. On the cusp of retiring as a performer, salsa's renaissance man takes an honest and unflinching look back on a life rich with triumph, heartbreak, and above all, a deep and unshakable love for his people. From his childhood in Panama and a political awakening spurred by the sovereignty riots of Jan. 9, 1964, to a redefinition of salsa music itself by bringing a social dimension and commentary to the form, Blades has always followed his heart. Featuring electrifying footage from his final tour, as well as testimonials from icons such as Paul Simon, Sting, Francisco "Bush" Buckley, and Junot Díaz, Ruben Blades Is Not My Name is a testament to a rare talent whose restless heart has indeed helped change the world.

In competition for the CV Cine and FIPRESCI Awards.

film details

Original Language Title: Yo no me llamo Rubén Blades
Country: Panama/Argentina/Colombia
Year: 2018
Running Time: 85 minutes
Language: in Spanish and English with English subtitles
Director: Abner Benaim
Producers: Gema Juárez Allen, Abner Benaim
Principal Cast: Paul Simon, Sting, Residente, Gilberto Santa Rosa
Primary Company: Apertura Films
Cinematographers: Gaston Girod, Mauro Colombo
Editor: Felipe Guerrero
Music: Ruben Blades
Screenwriter: Abner Benaim
Website: https://www.facebook.com/yonomellamorubenblades/

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