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Emilio Estefan unveils heartfelt documentary at Film Festival

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MIAMI (WSVN) -- A film produced by South Florida entertainer Emilio Estefan and based on a Miami Dolphin Hall-of-Famer's son and their cure for paralysis is set to make its debut at the Miami International Film Festival.

"An Unbreakable Bond" chronicles the success and struggles of Dolphins Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc, who suffered an injury that left him paralyzed in 1985 while playing college football at The Citadel.

"I wasn't sure if I wanted to pray for Marc to live or for Marc to die because I didn't know where this was going to take us," said Nick Buoniconti.

The movie also tells the family's fight to get Marc off a respirator and wheelchair.

The Estefans specifically chose to put this film together due to their close and personal relationship with the Buonicontis. Gloria Estefan suffered a terrible injury after a crash that left her paralyzed, and she was able to fight back and recover. She also narrates the film.

"I told Nick, 'Nick, let me do it. I'm going to finance, I will do everything. I will do the music," Emilio Estefan said. "This is personal to me. This is one of the highlights of my career."

The movie will premiere Tuesday evening during the 31st annual Miami International Film Festival in hopes to raise hope, awareness and money.

Proceeds from the documentary will help meet the $25 million a year required to run the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. "We're going to hopefully unleash a new life for the Marc's of this world," Buoniconti said.

"I may be one but, you know, every year 15,000 in the U.S. alone are paralyzed," Marc Buoniconti said. "The end game is to raise money and to raise awareness."

The film will be shown at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Miami.

Several well-known celebrities that will be in attendance include, Tom Brokaw, Bob Costas, Don Shula, Ignacio "Nacho" Figueras, Nat Moore, Bob Griese, Jon Seceda and Romero Britto.

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