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Q&A with 20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL Filmmaker Mstyslav Chernov,
Co-Presented by The Ukrainian Institute

Friday, July 14

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Moderated by CNN Anchor John Berman

NOTE: This screening is SOLD OUT.
A standby line will form at the box office 30 minutes prior to showtime.

The Ukrainian Institute works to strengthen Ukraine internationally and domestically as a subject using the tools of cultural diplomacy. It promotes better knowledge and understanding of Ukraine internationally, and develops cultural relations between Ukraine and other countries.

Mstyslav Chernov is a Ukrainian war correspondent, filmmaker, photographer, and novelist known for his coverage of the Ukrainian revolution, the Russian invasion in Ukraine, the war in Iraq, Syria, and Nagorno-Karabakh, and Afghanistan under Taliban rule after the U.S. withdrawal, as well as for his art installations and exhibitions. Chernov is an Associated Press journalist and the President of the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers (UAPP). He has won several prestigious awards, including two from the Royal Television Society for his coverage of the downing of flight MH17, and the Georgy Gongadze Prize, ICFJ Knight awards, and DW Freedom of Speech Award for documenting the siege in Mariupol as one of three remaining international journalists in the city. He was nominated for international prizes such as the Livingston Award for his work on the civil unrest in Belarus in 2021, and the Rory Peck Award for his coverage of the Battle of Mosul. He was Ukrainian Photographer of the Year in 2013 and 2015. Chernov's first novel The Dreamtime was published in October 2022 by Cherry Orchard Books in Brookline, Massachusetts. The book draws heavily on his experience as a war correspondent, including his coverage of the 2014 Russian invasion of Ukraine. Chernov and his Associated Press colleagues Evgeniy Maloletka, Vasilisa Stepanenko, and Lori Hinnant were awarded the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in Journalism. Photo credit: Associated Press / Evgeniy Maloletka

John Berman is an Emmy-award winning CNN anchor and currently co-anchors CNN News Central weekdays from 9am – 12pm ET. He previously served as co-anchor of New Day and a number of other CNN broadcasts. Since joining CNN in 2012, Berman has been at the forefront of the most pressing news events, including elections, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine (for which CNN’s coverage was acknowledged with a DuPont-Columbia Award.) Before CNN, he worked at ABC News for nearly 17 years, and appeared on television there since 2001. He was a regular contributor to all of ABC’s broadcasts, including World News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, Nightline, and 20/20. In 1999 and 2000, Berman worked as an off-air reporter for ABC News covering George W. Bush’s presidential campaign. He logged more hours with then-candidate Bush than nearly any other reporter, following Bush to 45 states. In his career, he has interviewed everyone from Barack Obama to Mike Pence to Mitt Romney to MC Hammer. He was embedded with the Marines for the U.S. Invasion of Iraq in 2003, and has covered countless hurricanes and natural disasters. From 1997 to 1999, Berman was the head writer for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. He has also been part of teams winning the Edward R. Murrow Award for best broadcast, and was awarded a James Beard Award in 2010. Berman started at ABC News as a desk assistant working the overnight shift in 1995. A native of Carlisle, Mass., he graduated from Harvard University, where he was president of Hasty Pudding Theatricals. He likes the Red Sox. Have a problem with that?

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