Amazon Prime Video has released the trailer for The Boy from Medellín, coming to the streaming service on May 7, 2021. You can watch the trailer using the player below!
From Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, City of Ghosts, A Private War), The Boy from Medellín is an intimate portrait of J Balvin, one of the biggest international music superstars of our time.
Four-time Latin Grammy winner J Balvin is one of the top streaming artists in the world, regardless of language. His songs have garnered over 40 billion global streams, including over 15 billion on YouTube alone.
He holds the record for the most #1 songs on the Latin Airplay charts — including his indelible favorite “Mi Gente.” In 2019 alone, he made history as the first Latin artist to headline the Lollapalooza Music Festival and the first Reggaeton artist to perform on Saturday Night Live.
In November of that same year, the stage was set for Balvin to achieve his lifelong dream of playing a sold-out stadium show in his beloved hometown of Medellín, Colombia to 50,000 adoring fans.
But what should have been a time of unadulterated joy for the performer becomes something much more complex.
Shot entirely in the dramatic week leading up to the concert, The Boy from Medellín offers unprecedented access to “Reggaeton’s Global Ambassador” as he returns to the city of his childhood and struggles to reconcile his personal identity as José Álvaro Osorio Balvín with his celebrity persona.
As the pressure of the approaching concert heightens, he also continues to wrestle with the anxiety and depression that has plagued him for years. At the same time, Colombia itself is in the grips of widespread political upheaval, with thousands of protesters taking to the streets in demonstrations against right-wing president Iván Duque.
Despite his desire to focus on “giving light to the world,” Balvin soon finds himself pressured on social media to take a stand. As the concert grows ever closer and tensions mount around him on all sides, Balvin soon begins to reconsider his responsibilities to his community and redefines his voice as an artist.
An Our Time Projects and SB Films production, The Boy from Medellín is directed by Heineman, who also produces with Juan Camilo Cruz, Myles Estey and Joedan Okun. The Amazon Studios film is executive produced by Fabio Acosta, José Álvaro Osorio Balvín, Scooter Braun, Allison Kaye, Scott Manson, Jennifer McDaniels, Jenna Millman, and Juan Diego Villegas.