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Independent Lens

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Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films.

Premiered: August 9, 1999

Rating: TV-PG

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Season 7, Episode 2 En Route to Baghdad

First Aired: October 18, 2005

“En Route to Baghdad” profiles Sergio Vieira de Mello, a charismatic and dedicated UN diplomat from Brazil who was killed in an explosion at the UN mission in Iraq in August 2003. Filmmaker Simone Duarte, a onetime Brazilian TV journalist, chronicles Vieira de Mello's postings in Mozambique, Cambodia and East Timor, and elicits testimonials from more than 30 observers, including Secretary General Kofi Annan. Recalls one colleague: “You wanted to stay near Sergio. He made us all look good.”