NCLAFF Film: Ruben Blades is Not My Name
Dir. Abner Benaim. Panama. 2018. 85 minutes. Spanish and English with English subtitles
Co-sponsored by PRAGDA. The Carolina Theater requires proof of vaccination.
Latin American icon Ruben Blades, whose "thinking man's salsa" has earned him praise as the Bob Dylan of Latin America, 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.
Featuring electrifying footage from his final tour, a lively and candid walk through his Chelsea, New York home and neighborhood, plus testimonials from such icons as Paul Simon, Sting, Francisco "Bush" Buckley, and Junot Díaz, Rubén Blades is Not My Name is a testament to a rare talent whose restless heart has indeed helped change the world.
Shown with short film "Heroes of the Pandemic" (Durham).
Free and open to the public.