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Sergio (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 17 January 2009 (USA)
A look at the life and work of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and the rescue operation when he was trapped and injured by a bomb explosion at UN headquarters in Baghdad.


Greg Barker


Samantha Power (based on the book by: 'Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World')
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergio Vieira de Mello Sergio Vieira de Mello ... Self (archive footage)
Tony Blair ... Self - British Prime Minister, 1997-2007
Samantha Power ... Self - Author, Chasing the Flame
Condoleezza Rice ... Self - National Security Advisor, 2001-2005
Carolina Larriera Carolina Larriera ... Self - U.N. Economics Officer, Iraq, Sergio's fiancée
Dennis McNamara Dennis McNamara ... Self - U.N. High Commission for Refugees, 1972-2004
Gaby Pichon Gaby Pichon ... Self - Sergio's Bodyguard
Gil Loescher Gil Loescher ... Self - Intl. Institute for Strategic Studies
Ghassan Salamé Ghassan Salamé ... Self - U.N. Political Advisor, Iraq
Shawbo Taher Shawbo Taher ... Self - U.N. Administrative Assistant, Iraq
Mona Rishmawi Mona Rishmawi ... Self - U.N. Human Rights Advisor, Iraq
William von Zehle William von Zehle ... Self - Master Sergeant, Civil Affairs Battalion
Jeff Davie Jeff Davie ... Self - U.N. Military Advisor, Iraq
Gilda Vieira de Mello Gilda Vieira de Mello ... Self - Sergio's Mother
Richard Holbrooke ... Self - Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.


Charismatic, charming and complex, Sergio Vieira de Mello was the world's go-to guy, a man who 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. SERGIO tells the story of his most treacherous mission ever...a mission in which his own life hangs in the balance. Written by Anonymous

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He fought to save the world. They fought to save him.


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Heart breaking and very well put together
20 April 2020 | by nti-547-765973See all my reviews

I am not a big fan of documentaries, somehow I generally feel there is enough concreteness in the world and I prefer to be in fantasy for a while when I watch something. I made an exception watching this as I had first seen the feature film describing the life of Sergio, which was released in 2020 on Netflix, and was fascinated with the life and philosophy of this man. I knew I was in for a sad and beautiful ride going in. I found however that the principles, the camaraderie, the passion in Sergio's life exposed in this documentary did sweeten the blow of the end I knew was coming. Of course it is difficult to know a man...even when you actually know him, not to mention after his death and through a video, but that being said they certainly managed to catch the essence of what he was to the people around him. There is a sense of the values his life brought to the forefront and I guess one can only hope we all leave a bit of that behind when we go.

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