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. (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.



DIRECTED BY Abner Benaim
YEAR / DURATION 2018 / 85'
WITH Paul Simon, Sting, Residente, Gilberto Santa Rosa
PRODUCERS Gema Juárez Allen, Abner Benaim
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Gema Juárez Allen, Abner Benaim
COPRODUCER Cristina Gallego
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS Rubén Blades, Anel Moreno, Francisco Varone
DOP Gaston Girod, Mauro Colombo
EDITING Felipe Guerrero
SOUND DESIGN Lena Esquenazi
MUSIC Ruben Blades
CAMERA Carlos Revelo
PRODUCTION COORDINATORS Francisco Novick, Carla Rosmino, Daniel Aisemberg

DIRECT SOUND Richard Córdoba, Carlos Beto Urriola
SOUND MIX Carlos García
COLOR GRADING Sebastián Toro
SUPPORTED BY DICINE, INCAA, Programa Ibermedia, Copa Airlines, TV Caracol, TVN


  • SXSW, USA 2018 (Premio de la Audiencia, 24 beats per second)
  • Guadalajara IFF, México 2018
  • Documental Ambulante, México 2018
  • IFF, Panama 2018
  • BAFICI, Argentina 2018
  • Docs Barcelona, Spain 2018
  • Seattle, United States 2018
  • Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, Philadelphia 2018
  • Granada, Spain 2018
  • Enfoque, Puerto Rico 2018
  • CineFestival San Antonio, United States 2018
  • North Sea Jazz Rotterdam, Amsterdam  2018
  • Amherst, United States 2018
  • Lima, Perú 2018
  • Jacob Burns Film Center, United States 2018
  • New York Latino Film Festival, United States 2018
  • AFI Latin American Film Festival, 2018
  • San Francisco Latino Film Festival, United States 2018
  • SLAFF Sidney, Australia 2018
  • Latin Film Week Vancouver, Canada 2018
  • Panoramica Stockholm, Sweden 2018
  • Boston Latino Film Festival, United States 2018
  • Alucine Toronto, Canada 2018
  • Cine de Fine Arts, Dominican Republic 2018
  • FICVIÑA, Chile 2018
  • Milwaukee, United States 2018
  • Latino and Iberian Film Festival at Yale, United States 2018
  • Lone Star, Texas Canada 2018
  • Belize 2018
  • Cine Latino Minneapolis Saint Paul, United States 2018
  • Latin American Film Festival CSUN, 2018
  • FICS, Salvador 2018
  • Perth, Australia 2018
  • Habana, Cuba 2018
  • Palm Springs, California 2018
  • Portland Latin American Film, United States 2018
  • FilmMusic Fest, Punta del Este – Uruguay 2018
  • San Diego Latino, United States 2018
  • Martinica, France 2018
  • In Edit Barcelona, Spain 2018
  • In Edit Madrid, Spain 2018
  • For your consideration 
  • PeliculaLatina 2018
  • Lakino, Berlin – Germany 2018
  • Central American Film Festival – Vienna 2018