20 Days in Mariupol

Grand Jury Prize ~ World Cinema: Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
Audience Award ~ World Cinema: Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
One of the Five Top Documentaries of the Year
National Board of Review
A brave, visceral, merciless masterpiece.


20 Days in Mariupol

An Associated Press team of Ukrainian journalists trapped in the besieged city of Mariupol struggles to continue their work documenting atrocities of the Russian invasion. As the only international reporters who remain in the city, they capture what later become defining images of the war: dying children, mass graves, the bombing of a maternity hospital, and more.

After nearly a decade covering international conflicts, including the Russia-Ukraine war, for the Associated Press,
20 Days in Mariupol is Mstyslav Chernov’s first feature film. It draws on Chernov’s daily news dispatches and personal footage of his own country at war. It offers a vivid, harrowing account of civilians caught in the siege, as well as a window into what it’s like to report from a conflict zone, and the impact of such journalism around the globe.

“Pulsating… enthralling...an unflinching look at the true price of Russia’s war on Ukraine.”
– Adam Solomons, indieWIRE

“An incredible, and haunting viewing experience…To call
20 Days in Mariupol one of the most important movies of Sundance is to undersell it.” – Nick Allen, Roger Ebert

** WINNER – Audience Award, World Cinema Documentary – Sundance Film Festival 2023**
**NOMINEE – F:act Award – CPH:DOX 2023**
** WINNER – Audience Favourite – Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Festival 2023**
** WINNER – Honorable Mention – Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival 2023**
** NOMINEE – Tim Hetherington Award – Sheffield Documentary Film Festival 2023**
** WINNER – Best International Director - DocEdge Film Festival 2023**
**WINNER - Best International Editing - DocEdge Film Festival 2023**
**WINNER - Greg Gund Memorial Award - Cleveland International Film Festival 2023**
** WINNER - Cinema for Peace Dove for The Most Valuable Documentary of the Year**
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Documentary, War, Politics & World Affairs
Ukrainian, Russian, English
Mstyslav Chernov
Nominee, Grand Jury Prize ~ World Cinema: Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
Winner, Audience Award ~ World Cinema: Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
Winner, One of the Five Top Documentaries of the Year, National Board of Review
Nominee, FIPRESCI Prize ~ Best Foreign Language Film, Palm Springs International Film Festival
Winner, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary, Directors Guild of America
Boris Kit, Hollywood Reporter

Many documentaries at Sundance tackle interesting figures, alive or dead. Some dive deep into longstanding issues such as racism or climate change, possibly from a local level or a macro level. There has probably rarely been a documentary such as 20 Days in Mariupol, which premiered at the Egyptian ...

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