Tremendously moving documentary of the life and death (in a 2003 Iraq suicide bombing) of a true hero.
Sergio de Mello, a dashing, handsome man who devoted his life to the United Nations and trying to save
people and bring peace to troubled regions.
He was described by one person as a combination of James Bond and Bobby Kennedy, and that certainly
Unafraid to talk directly with `the bad guys' in a situation, whether the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia or
militants in Iraq, he believed in hearing out all sides, not just imposing dictates. And he went to Iraq
in spite of opposing the war, because he thought just maybe he could help the occupation end sooner,
and return Iraq to its citizens.
The film cleverly (and harrowingly) intercuts an overview of Sergio's career, and the hours after a car bomb
explodes outside his office in Iraq, as woefully under equipped American forces try desperately and heroically
to save him.
If I have any complaint at all it's that I would have liked to see the balance of the two sides of the film tilted
slightly. As powerful and emotional as the struggle to save Sergio is, I would have traded some minutes of
that very completely told story to learn more about his life as a brilliant, tough, gentle fighter for the oppressed.
I felt some frustration that the story of who the man was seemed to get a little short changed next to the more
immediately dramatic story of how he died.
Maybe I just wish the film were 20 minutes longer. But, in a world filled with empty, time wasting stories,
what a wonderful thing to be able to wish for.