Great news from Utah: The Sundance Film Festival has selected the upcoming HBO documentary on Sergio’s inspiring life and tragic death to be included in this year’s documentary category. Directed by Greg Barker (“Ghosts of Rwanda”) and produced by John Battsek (“One Day in September”) and Julie Goldman (“Devil’s Playground”), the film tells the inspirational story of Sergio Vieira de Mello, a UN legend who spent a lifetime in pursuit of security and dignity for the downtrodden. The film charts Sergio’s extraordinary 34-year career, from his inspiring leadership in conflict zones from Africa to Southeast Asia to the Middle East, to that fateful day in August 2003. With testimony from a select handful of his closest associates, ‘Sergio’ is a story of hope and disappointment, success and tragedy.
Way to go! And while we are on the subject, congrats to Nick Kristoff who is also heading to Sundance. Along with War Child’s DC premiere on Friday, this has been a great week for inspirational humanitarian films!