Latin Connection Podcast: Alex Anwandter Talks Directorial Debut 'Nunca Vas a Estar Solo'

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Alex Anwandter

Welcome to the new episode of Billboard's Latin Connection Podcast! 

Before diving into a deep conversation with Chilean singer/songwriter and director Alex Anwandter about his directorial debut Nunca vas a estar solo, Billboard.com Associate Editor Griselda Flores talks new music releases in 2017 including Residente's new single "Somos anormales," Nicky Jam's forthcoming album and Prince Royce's fifth studio LP titled Five

From new music to movie premieres, our special guest talks about his film premiering in Palm Springs International Film Festival this weekend (Jan. 15). 

Nunca vas a estar solo (You'll Never Be Alone), which won the Teddy Award at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, is loosely based on a homophobic hate crime that happened in Chile back in 2012. The murder of Daniel Zamudio, a gay teenage boy and fan of Anwandter's, inspired the Latin Grammy-nominated artist to create a fictional film that "showed the issues at stake."

Adding: "But at the same way I wanted to stray away from the typical biopic and instead take biographical details from the actual case as a way of saying that this is more of a recurring issue and not just something that happened just once four years ago," the "Cómo puedes vivir contigo mismo?" singer tells the Latin Connection Podcast.

While Chile passed an anti-discrimination law named after Zamudio following the murder, Anwandter says there is still much to do to prevent hate crimes like these from happening against the LGBT community in his native country and other places in Latin America.

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