sergio documentaryI’m taking a break from looking at pictures of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 2010 Costume Ball. HBO has a new documentary called Sergio that’s on  Thursday, May 6th at 8pm ET/PT. I tend to only like certain documentaries, and even then I need to be in the right mood for them. But when I read what this particular documentary is about…I felt pretty compelled to share this with you guys. Watching stories like these, about how real people are making these tremendous changes in our world are not only inspiring, they’re just plain cool.

Sergio was the United Nation’s “go-to guy,” a charismatic figure described as a cross between James Bond and Bobby Kennedy. But Sergio Vieira de Mello was more than an irresistible image- he was a humanitarian of the highest order, and his long career as a U.N. diplomat brought him to hot spots like Swaziland, Cambodia and East Timor, earning him praise for his hands-on work inside nations in crisis. In 2003, just after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Sergio agreed to serve as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Baghdad, his most perilous assignment yet…

Sergio was a 2009 Sundance Award winner for Documentary Film Editing, and was the final film edited by Karen Schmeer, A.C.E., who was tragically killed in early 2010.

Learn more: Sergio for HBO documentaries.