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The Boy from Medellín (2020)

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Opening at May 7, 2021 on Prime Video

Documentary, Biography, Music

The Boy from Medellín is biography film directed by Matthew Heineman, and written by Zemeckis. It primiered at August 20, 2020 on Toronto International Film Festival.

J Balvin, the “Prince of Reggaeton,” is a Latin Grammy–winning global star. Even if you don’t know his name, you can’t escape the ubiquitous beat of hits like “Mi Gente.” He’s been on Saturday Night Live and name-dropped by Barack Obama. So when Balvin planned the biggest concert of his life in his birthplace of Medellín, it was natural for a documentary crew to tag along — but no one could have predicted what they would capture.

At the end of November 2019, Balvin’s return to Colombia coincides with a massive national strike against right-wing president Iván Duque. Balvin wants to unite people in spreading good vibes, not divide them over politics. “I’m not on the left or the right. I’m always walking forward,” he likes to say. But in the lead-up to the concert, we watch his neutrality get challenged by street protests and calls from his fans to take a stand.

Director: Matthew Heineman

Star: J Balvin

Source: MUSE TV on youtube

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