“Two and a half years ago, when Pablo was in hospital and, obviously, we never thought he was going to die, he and I planned to make a documentary about how leukemia is cured. Then, as we all know, the circumstances changed and we are here to announce that we are going to make a documentary about his life, his work, his love for and solidarity with other people and how we, his family, have received love from all over Spain and the whole world.”
With these words Vladimir Ráez, Pablo's uncle, explained the story behind the documentary which Malaga production company Quinta Planta is planning with financing from RTVE about the young man from Marbella whose campaign to raise awareness of the importance of bone marrow donation went viral.
The documentary, which is backed by the General Transplant Department, will be called 'Siempre fuerte' (Always strong) and is due to be released later this year.
It will include testimony from Pablo and will feature key moments in his life, his family, lifelong friends, medical staff, scientists and famous people who made contact with thi very specials young man.
“This is not going to be a sad film. It is a tribute to Pablo's life and his fight for life,” explained Eladio Jareño, the director of the TV channel, who came to Marbella for the official presentation of the project.
“Pablo was a boy from Marbella, and from Malaga, who has affected people's lives and this documentary tries to perpetuate his legacy, which I believe is to help and inspire other young people,” said his father Francisco, in a short speech in which he also expressed his gratitude for the project.
Lighting the way
The presentation of the documentary coincided with the first anniversary of the death of Pablo Ráez, whose attitude gave visibility to leukemia and increased the number of blood and bone marrow donors.
“Our aim is for the example which Pablo gave us to last for ever via this documentary,” said his uncle about the film, which will last between 70 and 90 minutes.
Vladimir, who is the artistic director, explained that those behind the project hope to keep raising awareness, so that people who see the documentary will also do something to help others because, “that is the greatest wealth that we can find in life.”
The mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, who was also present at the presentation, said it was an excellent way of ensuring that Pablo's “fight” could continue and would “light the way” for leukemia patients and those who are diagnosed with the illness in the future.