Sergio Vieira de Mello was a Brazilian United Nations diplomat who worked for the UN for more than 34 years, earning respect and praise around the world. Charismatic, charming and complex, De Mello was the world’s go-to guy for negotiating peace in some of the most war-torn places on the planet. Here was a man who could land in the most dangerous places, charm the worst war criminals and all the while somehow protect the lives of the many oppressed people to whom he devoted his life.
Based on Pulitzer Prize-winner Samantha Power’s groundbreaking biography, Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World, SERGIO tells the gripping story of de Mello’s most hazardous mission ever…a mission in which his own life hangs in the balance.
Director/Producer: Greg Barker
Producers: Julie Goldman, John Battsek
Executive Producers: Sheila Nevins, Nick Fraser, Samantha Power, Christina Weiss Lurie, Jeffrey Lurie, Andrew Ruhemann
Co-Executive Producers: Diana Barrett, Abigail Disney, Jim & Susan Swartz, Geralyn Dreyfous, Kerstin Emhoff
Senior Producer: Nancy Abraham
Co-Producer: Chetin Chabuk
Editor: Karen Schmeer, A.C.E.
Composer: Philip Sheppard
FESTIVAL PREMIERE & AWARDS
Sundance Film Festival: 2009 Premiere
Sundance Film Festival: 2009 Documentary Film Editing Award
Primetime Emmy Nominee: 2010 Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking
PGA Awards Nominee: 2010 Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
IDA Documentary Awards Nominee: 2009 ABCNews VideoSource Award
Shortlisted for 2010 Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary
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