Directed by Charles Todd and Devin Amar, the documentary and concert Romeo Santos: King of Bachata and Romeo Santos: Utopia Live From MetLife Stadium, debuts Friday, July 30 on HBO Max.
The documentary traces the ascent of the disenfranchised genre from the oppressed countryside of the Dominican Republic to its unprecedented international recognition – culminating in a record-breaking concert starring Romeo Santos, alongside the legendary bachateros that paved the way before him.
Romeo Santos: King of Bachata combines the making of and best moments of this ambitious concert with the travels of Dominican late-night host, writer and comedian, Joel “The Kid Mero” Martinez as he journeys to the Caribbean nation to find the soul of bachata. Mero’s journey takes us to the restaurants and bars of the countryside of the Dominican Republic, where the sound originated and retraces its rise to international recognition. We also get a behind-the-scenes look at Santos’ creative process, his inspirations, and his tireless work in the studio.
This documentary film and concert is described as a love letter to the genre, inspired by Romeo’s Utopia album. Featuring surprise performances from Cardi B and Aventura, the concert is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Latin culture and a defining moment in the history of Latin music.
Watch the official trailer for Romeo Santos: King of Bachata