20 Days in Mariupol

20 Days in Mariupol

Ukraine | 2023 | 94 min. | Mstyslav Chernov

A compilation of on-the-ground reporting at the onset of absolute devastation as a trio of Associated Press journalists get caught in Mariupol in the early days of the 2022 Russian invasion. Winner of the Sundance World Cinema Documentary Audience Award.

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February, 2022. A Russian assault on the Ukrainian coastal city of Mariupol is imminent. Associated Press video journalist Mstyslav Chernov, photographer Evgeniy Mololteka, and field producer Vasilisa Stepanenko are all that remain of the international media. Once the barrage begins, the journalists find themselves cut off from the rest of the world. Basics like food, water, and electricity are scarce to non-existent, but their mission remains unchanged: document the horrors of the invasion and get their reports to the outside world. Surrounded and under siege, they never stop recording the harrowing efforts of soldiers at the front lines and the doctors and nurses trying to staunch the casualties. They are lucky to get out with their lives after 20 days trapped in Mariupol and a perilous escape. Just as vital is the evidence that escapes with them. They have risked everything to capture the truth of Putin's crimes, standing as an incandescent refutation to his propagandistic lies about the early days of the Russian invasion.

—Betsy Cass

  • Director: Mstyslav Chernov
  • Country: Ukraine, USA
  • Year: 2023
  • Running Time: 94 min.
  • Producer: Mstyslav Chernov, Michelle Mizner, Raney Aronson Rath, Derl McCrudden
  • Screenplay: Mstyslav Chernov
  • Cinematographers: Mstyslav Chernov
  • Editors: Michelle Mizner
  • Music: Jordan Dykstra
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2023 (Audience Award: World Documentary)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature FIlm
  • Language: English, Ukrainian, Russian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • US Distributor: PBS Distribution
  • International Sales: Dogwoof