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Sergi Pitarch: Mariano Rawicz’s Final Embrace

Sergi Pitarch:  Mariano Rawicz’s Final Embrace

ENGLISH CORNER, CON LINDA JIMÉNEZ – This week’s trivia question: Who was Luis Faure?

Sergi Pitarch is a film director, scriptwriter and journalist from Valencia, Spain. He has a degree in Journalism from the University of Valencia and also took an Advanced Course in Documentary Creation at the International School of Film and Television in Cuba. From 2004 to 2014 he worked as a scriptwriter for a number of television programs in Spain, and in 2007 started to work for RTVV, Valencian public Radio and Television, as a writer and director, where he created and directed «De temporada», a documentary series on farming and agriculture. He also wrote the scripts for several short films.

Some years ago, completely by chance, Sergi happened upon two sealed letters. On opening them he discovered that they were written in 1946, signed by someone called Mariano, and in them the writer was telling his friends of his plans to commit suicide, sending them a “final embrace”.

The documentaryEl último abrazo, (“The Final Embrace”), tells the story of Sergi’s quest to discover the identity of the writer, and the circumstances surrounding his desperate decision. It turned out that he was the Polish graphic designer Mariano Rawicz, and the film shows us who Rawicz was, and what finally became of him. It is a fascinating story of investigative journalism that gives an unusual insight not only into Rawicz’s life, but also into the historical period in which he lived and worked.

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