Carlos Santana in Carlos directed by Rudy Valdez
Carlos Santana in Carlos directed by Rudy Valdez ©Roberto Finizio

Sony Pictures Classics shared the official trailer for Carlos, an intimate documentary on the life of Grammy-winning rock icon and guitarist Carlos Santana.

Release date

Directed by Rudy Valdez, Carlos world premiered at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival and opens in theaters with Global Premiere with exclusive intro by director Rudy Valdez and Carlos Santana on September 23, 24, & 27, followed by a General Release on September 29


At the age of 5, in his native Mexico, he learned to play the violin. At 8, he developed a lifelong love for the guitar. At 14, he honed those guitar virtuoso skills and performance style by working as a street musician, starting his own band long after, while still a teen. And at 22 — just before his first album was released to acclaim — Carlos Santana became one of the major discoveries of Woodstock, anchoring the famous festival’s second afternoon on August 16th, 1969.

A music industry legend for over 50 years and a 10-time Grammy-winning global sensation, Santana continues to be one of the music world’s premiere artists blending jazz, blues, and the Mariachi sound with a rock n’ roll spirituality and a sense of music’s primal connection to our deepest emotions.

The electric documentary Carlos utilizes new interviews with Santana and his family alongside extraordinary, never-before-seen archival footage — including home video recordings Santana himself made, concert footage, and behind- the-scenes moments. Two-time Emmy-winning director Rudy Valdez creates an intimate, rich documentary about a man whose sound casts a magical spell on his fans around the world.

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