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The PGA East Documentary and Screening Committees invite you and a guest to an Exclusive Screening of…

HBO Documentary Films Presents


Nominated for the PGA Producer of the Year Award in
Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures

Wednesday, January 20 at 8:00pm

Magno Screening Room
729 7th Ave. btwn 48th and 49th Sts.

Producers: Greg Barker, John Battsek, Julie Goldman
Director: Greg Barker

Based on the book by Samantha Power Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World

Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power’s biography Chasing the Flame, SERGIO revolves around the story of Sergio Vieira de Mello – the world’s “go-to guy,” a cross between James Bond and Bobby Kennedy who’d probably seen more misery, more human suffering than any man of his generation.

In the summer of 2003, Sergio, a dashing 55-year old Brazilian career diplomat, was the only senior United Nations official able to charm the notoriously anti-UN Bush Administration. Urged by President Bush, Tony Blair, Condoleezza Rice and Kofi Annan to lead what was ultimately a flawed UN mission to Iraq shortly after the invasion, Sergio was the only individual who had successfully led an occupied nation towards independence…in East Timor, just two years before.

In a world where most of us want to turn away from tough problems that defy easy answers, Sergio reveled in complexity, employing the full powers of his charm and intellect to seek practical solutions that never compromised his core values. For all his deal-making swagger, Sergio was at heart an idealist who devoted his life to the simple belief that people the world over have a basic right to live their lives with dignity.

He didn’t want the Iraq job and had opposed the war to begin with — but Sergio arrived in Baghdad with his unusual style and panache, accompanied by his “A Team” – the best and
brightest experts the UN had to offer – and his colleague and fiancĂ©e, Carolina, whom he’d met in East Timor. After a disastrous string of relationships, Sergio was finally ready to settle down and begin a new life with the woman he loved.

Sergio assumed that the Bush Administration — having prevailed upon him to go Iraq — actually wanted his advice and he set about trying to end the occupation as soon as possible. Instead, he found himself accused by the growing insurgency as being a tool of the Americans…and on August 19, 2003, Sergio himself became a target.

A huge truck bomb exploded directly beneath his office, instantly killing many UN employees, including members of his own “A Team.” But Sergio himself was alive.

As Carolina searched desperately through the rubble, two American firefighters from the Army Reserves selflessly climbed into the claustrophobic tomb of the collapsed building, in what would become an intense and desperate struggle to survive.

At the bottom of a deep, narrow shaft the two soldiers found Sergio. For all the lives he had saved across his long and extraordinary career, his own was now entirely in the hands of these two unforgettable men.

Running Time: 94 minutes


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