An HBO Documentary Films and BBC Storyville presentation, Sergio is the story of the United Nation's go-to guy. A cross between James Bond and Bobby Kennedy, Sergio Vieira de Mello could descend into the most dangerous places, charm the worst war criminals, and somehow protect the lives of the ordinary people to whom he'd devoted his life.
And then came the call: another crisis, and Sergio was the only man for the job. Persuaded by Kofi Anaan, Condoleezza Rice, and Tony Blair, Sergio reluctantly took up his post as U.N. ambassador to Iraq and on August 19, 2003, a bomb struck the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad.
With visceral immediacy, filmmaker Greg Barker recreates the events of a day that will forever live in infamy. Devastatingly powerful, Sergio paints a portrait of a man who gambled with his own life to restore dignity to the lives of others.
“Astounding archival footage, remarkable access and solid source material can't hurt... but helmer Greg Barker is also blessed with an inspiring subject in Sergio.”—Variety
Winner Best Editing—SUNDANCE Film Festival