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Opens Friday, July 14


“A miraculous feat” – Tomris Laffly, Harper’s Bazaar. February 2022: As Russian troops advance on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, a small crew of Associated Press reporters are trapped amongst the besieged civilian population. 20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL — winner of the 2023 Sundance Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary — is the unflinching visual chronicle of this harrowing ordeal. Ukrainian war correspondent Mstyslav Chernov (he directs, shoots, and narrates) and colleagues are the only international correspondents left in the city, witnesses to the first sighting of a “Z” on a Russian tank (a declaration of war), random shelling, the bombing of a maternity hospital, the digging of mass graves, and Russia’s eventual encirclement of the city. Their images of war crimes would soon go viral, potently exposing Russia’s monstrous lies that deny their targeting of Ukrainian civilians, and earning the AP team two 2023 Pulitzer Prizes: for Public Service Journalism and Breaking News Photography.

Presented with support from the Richard Brick, Geri Ashur, and Sara Bershtel Fund for Social Justice Documentaries

2023     89 MIN.     USA     PBS DISTRIBUTION


“An incredible and haunting viewing experience…journalism of this high order (is) equally heroic and selfless… 20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL will undoubtedly be one of the most important films we have about understanding the conflict and its effects on the people of Ukraine.”
– Nick Allen,

“A horrifying portrait of destruction… [Chernov’s] jarringly stoic narration and haunting original music by Jordan Dykstra add to the sense that, in Mariupol, nothing is left… If [the film] is about anything, it's how much destruction can be done in such a short time. That’s not to say this footage is any less enthralling. [The film] doesn’t seek to dramatize the tension of war. But it is pretty fucking dramatic… Access and shock value aside, the wholesale dismissal of Chernov’s reporting by the Kremlin is the greatest endorsement there is.”  
– Adam Solomons, IndieWire

“Bears harrowing witness to Russia’s atrocities. Chernov, [acknowledges] the innately exploitive nature of filming the ‘sadistic virus of destruction’ that plagues the city but that his ‘camera will not let him forget.’ Much of the footage of the ongoing destruction imbues 20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL with an urgency and immediacy… Speaks to a country that’s been hit repeatedly for years and whose people almost miraculously continue to tap deep wells of resilience… as they reveal cold, hard, and above all undeniable truths that, as excruciating as that are, could stop this invasion if the world upholds its duty to bear witness to them.”
– Derek Smith, Slant

“Particularly immersive… chronicling the weeks-long siege of the titular Ukranian city… Capture(s) the shock and agony of the residents. As one doctor comments, war has a tendency to bring out the best and worst in people. The raw footage is largely unembellished, save for Jordan Dykstra’s eerie electronic music score that could easily be appropriated for a horror film (which, of course, 20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL is, of a sort). That immediacy only enhances the documentary’s visceral power.”  
– Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

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