RUBEN BLADES IS NOT MY NAME is a portrait of one of Latin America’s most important singer/ songwriters. For more than half a decade, his songs have seeped into the collective consciousness, and soul, of Latin America. This film explores Ruben’s story, his legacy, and how he deals with being the man and legend he is.


Abner Benaim
Foto director

Abner Benaim was born in 1971 and raised in Panama City, Panama. In 1999, Benaim moved to Israel and began his filmmaking studies at Camera Obscura, Tel Aviv. He also studied Directing Actors with Marketa Kimbrell from NYU, and has worked on various Israeli, Panamanian and US film productions. Before his film career, Abner Benaim received his BA in International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania, studied Art in Florence, Italy, and worked as an entrepreneur in Panama. Benaim is currently based in Panama City where he founded Apertura Films in 2004.


2018. Yo No Me Llamo Rubén Blades. Largometraje

2016. Zachrisson. Cortometraje.

2014. Invasión. Cortometraje

2010. Empleadas y patrones. Largometraje.

2009. Chance. Largometraje.

2005. El Otro Lado. TV series.

2004. Good Vibes. Mediometraje.



Directed byAbner Benaim
WithPaul Simon, Sting, Residente, Gilberto Santa Rosa
ProducersGema Juárez Allen, Abner Benaim
Executive producersGema Juárez Allen, Abner Benaim
CoproducerCristina Gallego
Associate producersRubén Blades, Anel Moreno, Francisco Varone
DoPGaston Girod, Mauro Colombo
EditingFelipe Guerrero
Sound DesignLena Esquenazi
MusicRuben Blades
CameraCarlos Revelo
Production CoordinatorsFrancisco Novick, Carla Rosmino, Daniel Aisemberg

Direct soundRichard Córdoba, Carlos Beto Urriola
Sound mixCarlos García
Musical supervisionMusicall
Color gradingSebastián Toro
Research supervisionTalia Wooldridge
Supported byDICINE, INCAA, Programa Ibermedia, Copa Airlines, TV Caracol, TVN


  • SXSW, USA 2018 (Audience Award, 24 beats per second)
  • Guadalajara IFF, México 2018
  • Documental Ambulante, México 2018
  • IFF Panamá – 2018
  • BAFICI – Argentina, 2018