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Sergio Vieira de Mello: En Route To Baghdad


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Documentary: B



Simone Duarte’s documentary Sergio Vieira de Mello: En Route To Baghdad (2005) tells the story about the man who U.N. head Kofi Annan put in charge of mediating occupied Iraq in 2001.  He was the one who could make things work, help bring democracy to the country and smooth out any problems between the U.S., Europe and The Middle East.  Born in Brazil, he was a major agent for peace, but any such dreams died when a bomb killed 22 people at the U.N. headquarters in Iraq including himself in what some could consider an unfortunate occurrence.


However, considering how matters have been handled in Iraq, though the 56 minutes length of the program never considers this, the origin of the bomb should not be automatically considered that of insurgents/terrorists from The Middle East.  Instead, when you finish watching the program and see what could have been achieved by de Mello, you start to wonder if other forces more interested in blood money and perpetual war might have just wanted to look that way and get him out of the way.


However, the focus is about his achievements and the short length of this program does not allow for investigation or speculation as to what really happened.  In the mere year or so since its release, so many more scandals and so much more corruption has come pouring out of The Bush Administration alone that nothing would surprise us.  Mr. Duarte ought to consider the strong possibility of a sequel!


The 1.33 X 1 image originated on analog videotape and is often poor with color and detail limits throughout, while the Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is simple stereo at best.  Extras include text biography on the director & de Mello including a timeline of his career, trailers for other First Run DVDs and interview with Annan on de Mello.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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