Yo no me llamo Rubén Blades

DOCSBARCELONA/Edition 2018 / Official Section - Panorama / Yo no me llamo Rubén Blades


Doctor in Law from Harvard, Minister of Tourism, candidate for the presidential elections in his country, Panama, and an icon of Latin American music: Rubén Blades is a living legend that revolutionized Salsa through social content. Far from retiring, he reveals his ambitions, while reflecting on his own legacy.

A journey through the 50-year career of the author of “Pedro Navaja” where he exposes his world. His lyrics, charged with social themes and an explosive rhythm, brought Salsa to an international audience. Multi-award winning musician with 17 Grammys, we get a close look at the person behind the legend  thanks to filmmaker Abner Benaim, who allows us to discover one of the most important singer-songwriters in Latin America, his music and the stories behind it.


Abner Benaim was born in Panama in 1971. He studied International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania (USA) and Film at Camera Obscura, Tel Aviv (Israel). Considered a pioneer filmmaker in Panama, in 2004 he founded Apertura Films, where he has produced documentary and fiction works that have been successfully premiered internationally in cinemas and on TV. His debut film, Chance (2009), was the first film to be theatrically released in Panama in almost 50 years and was seen by more than 500,000 spectators. Invasion (2014) was Panama’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. His films have been selected at prestigious film festivals such as SXSW, IDFA, Hotdocs and True False, and have won multiple awards, as well as critical acclaim. Benaim’s work deals with social issues and tells personal stories in a light-hearted, sometimes humorous and irreverent tone. His new fiction project, Plaça Catedral (formerly Biencuidao) won the VFF Highlight Pitch Award at the Berlinale and will be shot in Panama in 2018.


  • SXSW Festival , USA, 2018 – Public Award for Best Documentary
  • Ambulante, México, 2018
  • Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara, México, 2018
  • IFF PANAMA, Panamà, 2018
  • BAFICI, Argentina, 2018

Yo no me llamo Rubén Blades | Edition 2018, Official Section - Panorama

Yo no me llamo Rubén Blades

Abner Benaim

Panamá, Argentina, Colombia (2018)



Original language: English and Spanish