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The Boy From Medellín

 (322)6.01 h 35 min2021X-RayHDRUHD16+
J Balvin is THE BOY FROM MEDELLIN. From Academy Award® nominated and Emmy-winning director Matthew Heineman comes a portrait of one of the biggest international superstars of our time. The film follows the four-time Latin Grammy winner as he prepares for the most important concert of his life.
Directors
Matthew Heineman
Genres
Documentary
Subtitles
English [CC]العربيةDanskDeutschEspañol (Latinoamérica)Español (España)SuomiFilipinoFrançaisעבריתहिन्दीIndonesiaItaliano日本語한국어Bahasa MelayuNorsk BokmålNederlandsPolskiPortuguês (Brasil)Português (Portugal)РусскийSvenskaதமிழ்తెలుగుไทยTürkçe中文(简体)中文(繁體)
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]

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Producers
Juan Camilo CruzMyles EsteyJoedan OkunFabio AcostaJose Alvaro Osorio BalvinScooter BraunAllison KayeScott MansonJennifer McDanielsJenna MillmanJuan Diego Villegas
Studio
Amazon Studios
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Alcohol useviolencefoul language
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4.6 out of 5 stars

322 global ratings

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Christian FrancoReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Sang for Venezuela, but not for his own in times of crisis
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This artist does not represent the voice of my people in Medellin nor support any cause other than his own party or himself
23 people found this helpful
Steph R.Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must see film about J Balvin, much respect!
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A must watch documentary of J Balvin! I have personally been a huge fan of him for many years and spread that love on to my upper level Spanish students every year. I plan to show this film to my seniors as one of the last activities they will do in my class before they graduate as they are huge fans as well! Much love to J. Balvin. What a beautiful story of an insanely talented artist with a heart of gold. ¡FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS J BALVIN! ¡Te amamos!
13 people found this helpful
linda galellaReviewed in the United States on May 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
So much better than a network expose’
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THE BOY FROM MEDELLIN is a mix of autobiography and a sociological/political look at Columbia thru the eyes of a successful reggaeton star, J. (Jose’) Balvin.

This documentary takes place during 2019 when the people of Columbia have taken to the streets in mass protest against president Ivan Duque and the “murder” of teenager Dilan Cruz by police equipment. Balvin has been on a world tour for his new album and hasn’t been back to his home city in years. This return to Medellin means everything to him.

Balvin and his entire entourage fly into Columbia on a private jet and are greeted by a throng of fans chanting: “Jose’, Jose’, JOSE’!!!” All along the route to his home, the road is filled with adoring fans and signs. Balvin stops with massive amounts of patience to take pictures with what seems to be 100’s of people prior to arriving at home. This is not uncommon for him, as we will come to find out, he’s honoring the advice of his mother.

Unless you speak Spanish, you’re going to need to pay attention while watching this film because it’s 65% in Spanish with subtitles. It’s well worth it, so don’t let that dissuade you. Balvin does all his music in Spanish as well and it’s served him well. He’s highly successful, award winning and recognized worldwide.

This is an interesting project that gives viewers a behind the scenes look at more than a “day-in-the-life” look at a successful musician. Jose’ shares his struggles, fears, joys, hopes and yes, his victories but for most of this docudrama, we get to see him work thru his personal feelings about his country and what his responsibility is to participate in speaking up, (or not), for the people. There are SO MANY ways to make applications to what’s going on in America today, this would make a great film to watch and discuss with your teenagers or mature preteens🍿
10 people found this helpful
Chace RandallReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
My hero
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I have been one of José's international fans since I heard his early mixtapes. I made all of my friends in Peru listen to the songs, and when he had singles that became worldwide favorites, they always said "ah, Meli, remember when you were the only one who knew of him?"

I am so proud of this man for all that he is. He's an amazing artist, sure. But his humility, love, spirituality and voice (to the world, not singing) is what has kept me following him and supporting him as a fan.

I'm adopted, my biological father is Peruvian, Colombian and Brazilian. I never met them, but I have been reclaiming my roots, of which I am proud. José's music has helped me through moments of self doubt, pain, confusion, but also lifted me up in my happiest moments. I've introduced my husband (furthest thing from cultured on the planet) to him and to Daddy Yankee, who also is an inspiration for me, and after he got to watch this with me (I sobbed the whole time, hello pregnancy hormones!!) he said, "I understand why you love him so much. I understand his voice now."

I struggle with anxiety and depression as well, and to hear someone that I respect so much validate and share their experience with the world felt like a cage has been unlocked around my heart. It is debilitating. I struggle with it daily, and I doubt he will ever read this, but if he does.. "I see you, I believe in you, I hear you and I love you." we're all in this together.

Gracias José, Feliz cumpleaños 🎂

-Meli Randall (the wife)
10 people found this helpful
E. UribeReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Honest, Inspiring and from the heart
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See him as he is, the boy from Medellin. A documentary that shows the struggles and victories from someone who decided to pursue his dreams and made them happen. J Balvin shows his ups and downs and opens up to everyone on the topic of mental health and his journey. Buena Parcero
11 people found this helpful
juan UlloaReviewed in the United States on May 11, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Two face Artist, Won't support his music anymore .
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Lack ofHumannity for his people and he's a rich Hipocrip that uses the people and the town of Cali to promote his image and when the government is killing his people, he hides in his palace . two face Clown. a great artisst is Calle Trece that says how it is at all times.
12 people found this helpful
EdgarReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
J balvin is REAL WITH IT!
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Awesome how you open up with your depression to the world so people can see your daily struggles! Not easy how you got there to the top! Animo j balvin
9 people found this helpful
Sharon AcostaReviewed in the United States on May 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent raw view of an artist
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It’s always important to know what’s behind the facade of an artist,JBalvin is no difference from the struggles and the dreams of whoever wants to reach their highest level of performance in life. It is beautifully filmed and the music makes you move to beat of the rhythm of Reggeaton for sure! He’s a candid,honest and original performer! Highly recommended ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
6 people found this helpful
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