April 22, 2022
The four-part Max original documentary “Menudo: Forever Young” debuts with all episodes June 23 on HBO Max.
From filmmakers Ángel Manuel Soto (Max original “Charm City Kings”) and Kristofer Ríos (“Havana Skate Days”), the documentary will have its world premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Festival June 11 in New York.
The series chronicles the rise and fall of the most iconic Latin American boy band in history, bringing viewers into the world of the popular teen idols’ global tours, magazine covers, ’80s outfits, and screaming fangirls. But the four-part documentary reveals that behind the glitz and glamour was a web of abuse and exploitation at the hands of the band’s manager, Edgardo Diaz. Through revealing interviews with former Menudo members, the film examines how this extravagant facade was disguising serious wrongdoings by Diaz.
“The Puerto Rican diaspora in New York played a critical role in the success of Menudo, and its crossover in the U.S., shutting down traffic for blocks surrounding the band’s hotel and selling out Madison Square Garden on multiple occasions,” Soto said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited to premiere this series in their backyard at TriBeCa and honor their contribution to the band’s legacy.”