“The Boy From Medellin” is hours away from its release on Amazon Prime. MUSE TV had the honor of getting an interview with the reggaeton superstar, José Alvaro Osorio Balvin who is better known as J Balvin.
This film was recorded in one week in 2019, by the award-winning director, Matthew Heineman. The film begins with J Balvin going on stage in Mexico. As “La Cancion” is being performed, J Balvin takes the time to speak about mental health such as anxiety and depression. As he gives words of solidarity and encouragement, he asks his fans to illuminate their cellphones in representation of the light some people seeking mental health need.
Aside from the importance of mental health, J Balvin touches topics about immigration as he experienced it by moving from Colombia to the United States in order to chase his dreams. He also gets political after protests emerge with just days away from his biggest concert in his hometown. Although it is not an area artists usually speak about, J Balvin shares his perspective on why it is important those that have a platform bigger than any politician, speak for their people.
José shared his thoughts on the final documentary which captured vulnerable moments, the importance of sharing his mental health on stage, in front of thousands of people.
“I think that at the end of it all, its reality, just like COVID is happening. The mental illnesses are also a pandemic, it’s all around the world and it’s simply that many people are afraid to speak or recognize it,” said J Balvin.
“The Boy From Medellin” premieres on Amazon Prime Friday, May 7 which is also J Balvin’s birthday. See the video below for the exclusive interview with José Alvaro Osorio Balvin: