20 Days in Mariupol

20 Days in Mariupol

94' 2023
dir.: Mstyslav Chernov

A shocking indictment of Russia; a record of Mariupol’s extermination shot by the only correspondent who remained in the besieged city to the end and risked his life to do so. The film won the crew a Pulitzer Prize. 

An uncompromising documentary sure to remain etched in your memory offers a shocking account of the eponymous city's destruction from the sole journalist who remained there until the end. Mstyslav Chernov, who risked his life to record Russian war crimes and the daily grind of Mariupol residents, offers not a reporter's record of events, but a piercing, passionate documentary indictment. At the same time, this is full-fledged cinema, made with impressive formal discipline. It is a rare film that generates such tension, from the first minutes to the finale, which reveals how the filmmaker managed to extricate this explosive material from the occupied zone. Few filmmakers can show the merciless cruelty of war with such impact. But Chernov and his crew don't labour for shock value. They intend to leave a testimonial and shake the conscience of the world. This film contains scenes intended for adult viewers only. 

Konrad Wirkowski

Check out upcoming screenings of the film in 2024 here.

The film is distributed by the WATCH DOCS.

Screening partner:

Nowa Polszcza


2023 Sundance World Cinema Documentary Competition (Audience Award)
2023 CPH:DOX
2023 DocAviv (Best International Film - Honorable Mention)
2023 Docudays UA (Best Film, Audience Award)
2023 IDFA (Audience Award)

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94' 2023 Ukraine
Mstyslav Chernov
Mstyslav Chernov, Evgeniy Maloletka
Michelle Mizner
Frontline (UA), Associated Press