In June 2003, Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights and Kofi Annan's special envoy to Iraq, delivered a message of hope to a country shattered by war, promising humanitarian aid, reconstruction, refugee return, economic development, legal and judicial reform, and an end to occupation. His goals for Iraq were ambitious, but Vieira de Mello was up to the challenge. In a diplomatic career that spanned decades and had taken him to such hot spots as Mozambique, Cambodia, and East Timor, the brilliant and charming diplomat known throughout the world simply as Sergio had often been able to accomplish the seemingly impossible. But it would be in Iraq where, tragically, his work would be left unfinished. On August 19, 2003 he was killed, along with 21 others, when a massive bomb exploded just outside the UN headquarters in Baghdad. As the struggle for peace in Iraq continues, as well as debate about the role of the U.S. in the process, En Route to Baghdad provides an inside look at the sometimes overlooked power of diplomacy and reminds audiences of the power that a single human being can have on the world.
- Simone DuarteProducer