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 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. (85′, Full-length film)
2016. Zachrisson. Short Film.
2014. Invasión. (94′, Full-length Film)
2010. Empleadas y patrones. (64′, Full-length film)
2009. Chance. (91′, Full-length film)
2005. El Otro Lado. TV series.
2004. Good Vibes. Middle-length film.