“Sergio” actor/producer Wagner Moura and the filmmakers behind the movie dropped by TheWrap Studio at Sundance to debate the movie’s topic — Brazilian United Nations diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello. Moura, who hails from Brazil like Vieira de Mello, opened up about his ambition to supply movies about Latins.
“I have this ambition, this dream, of producing films about Latin people that don’t bring forth stereotypes,” Moura informed TheWrap’s Steve Pond. “This film is kind of based on a book about Sergio and for me that was the best way to start that kind of dream.”
“Sergio is a Brazilian, and I’m Brazilian, and it’s very important, especially considering the moment of Brazil is going through now to have him as an example of a man who had empathy which is something that I feel many world leaders nowadays would benefit a lot from,” added Moura. “The great thing was to to make people aware, especially of who this guy was.”
Brazilian United Nations diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello has an intensive resume: assistant excessive commissioner for refugees, particular consultant of the secretary-general in Kosovo, transitional administrator in East Timor. It’s 2003 and his newest position as excessive commissioner for human rights sees him touring to Iraq to guide peace efforts beneath President George W. Bush. As he tries to steadiness heightening tensions on the bottom together with his want to spend extra time together with his accomplice, Carolina Larriera, the sudden and tragic occurs, forcing Sergio to mirror on his 34 years of service to the UN and, extra importantly, on the girl he loves.
Festival veteran Greg Barker transforms his documentary of the identical title (2009 Sundance Film Festival, Documentary Editing Award) right into a gripping work of fiction that honors Sergio’s legacy by portraying him in his fullness.
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