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  • "The life and death of Sergio Vieira de Mello, one time UN special representative in Iraq, described as 'a cross between James Bond and Bobby Kennedy'. Sergio Vieira de Mello has been described by director Greg Barker as the 'the most important guy you've never heard of'. A Brazilian diplomat, he had a 33-year career at the UN, mostly working for the High Commissioner for Refugees office in Geneva, serving time in Bangladesh, Sudan, Cyprus, Mozambique, Peru and Yugoslavia. Perceived as Kofi Annan's right-hand man, Vieira de Mello was given the often controversial job as head of the UN's Human Rights Commission in 2002, and then, in the fallout from America and Britain's military campaign in Iraq, was given the key and delicate role of the organisation's special representative there. He was killed, along with at least 20 others, when the Canal Hotel in Baghdad was bombed in 2003. Barker's revealing portrait, based on the biography Chasing the Flame by Samantha Power, presents Vieira de Mello as 'a cross between James Bond and Bobby Kennedy', a man willing to confront, and frequently charm, heads of state and war criminals, winning respect from the likes of Condoleezza Rice and Tony Blair, who both appear here. Vieira de Mello refused to let his complex private life compromise his position, and the film explores it, while also, through testimonies of eye witnesses, including the military paramedics who tried to save his life, recreating the fateful day he died." Quotimg Michael Hayden
  • Sergio is a 2009 documentary film based on Pulitzer Prize-winner Samantha Power's biography, Sergio: One Man's Fight to Save the World. The film revolves around the story of United Nations diplomat, Sergio Viera de Mello, who worked for the UN for more than 34 years and was ultimately killed in the Canal Hotel bombing in Iraq on August 19, 2003. Sergio is the last completed film of editor Karen Schmeer, for which she won the Documentary Editing Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

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