Film Title (Original): Sergio
Film Title (Spanish): Sergio
Film Title (In English): Sergio
Country Of Origin: Usa
Year Of Completion: 2009
Running Time: 1hr 34min (94min)
Format/Color/Bw: Hdcam, Color
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish By Drgff
Director: Greg Barker
Executive Producers: Samantha Power, Sheila Nevins, Nick Fraser, Jeffrey & Christina Weiss Lurie
Producers: John Battsek, Greg Barker, Julie Goldman
Editor: Karen Schmeer
CAST: Sergio Viera de Mello, Carolina Larriera, William von Zehl and Andre Valentine
Sundance Film Festival 2009: Documentary Film Editing Award to Karen Schmeer, Nominated Grand Jury Prize
True/False Film Festvial (Columbia, MO)
Hot Docs (Toronto, Canada))
Mountainfilm in Telluride (Telluride, CO) •Audience Award Winner

Greg Barker. A former war correspondent, Greg Barker draws on his years of experience overseas, filming and working in more than 50 countries across six continents, to make thought-provoking, character-driven documentaries about the complex world we live in. His films include the award-winning Ghosts of Rwanda and several other investigative films for the flagship PBS series Frontline. Sergio is his first feature-length documentary film.

Astounding archival footage, remarkable access and solid source material (the biography Chasing the Flame by Samantha Power) can't hurt a nonfiction filmmaker, but director Greg Barker is also blessed with an inspiring subject in Sergio, his life-and-death story about dashing, high-minded U.N. envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello, whose career was about nothing if not life and death.

Brazilian Vieira de Mello, who had spent his career as a U.N. high commissioner virtually parachuting into global hot spots, had movie star looks and the soul of saint: He was the first U.N. envoy to negotiate with Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, served in Bosnia and Croatia during their dark days and helped East Timor establish itself as an independent democracy. Persuaded by Kofi Anaan, Condoleezza Rice, and Tony Blair, Sergio reluctantly took up his post as U.N. ambassador to Iraq. When terrorists bombed the Baghdad U.N. headquarters on Aug. 9, 2003, Vieira de Mello was trapped in the rubble. For the first time, the U.N. had become the target of terrorism. Using footage of the bomb site and even a feed from a press conference that was going on when the bomb explodes, Barker creates riveting cinema. Winner, U.S. Documentary Editing Award, 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

III Dominican Republic Global Film Festival - 2009