20 Days in Mariupol

After the Russian aggression began in Ukraine in February 2022, journalists from the Associated Press (AP) remained in the besieged city of Mariupol. The film goes behind the scenes of their work and the creation of footage that shocked the world.

Ukrainian reporter Mstyslav Chernov and his colleagues risk their lives to convey the truth about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. As the only team of foreign correspondents, they present a direct testimony about war crimes during the siege and the Russian occupation of the city. For 20 days, they try to get material out of the closed city of Mariupol. The media refused to publish much of the footage, which shows dying children, mass graves and the bombing of a maternity hospital, among other atrocities. These are images no one wants to see – but everyone should. The film shows not only the situation of ordinary people in war, but also the difficulty of documenting it.

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About the film

Title20 Days in Mariupol
Original Title
Original LanguageUkrainian
Subtitles Czech, English
Film typeFull-length documentary
Year of Production2022
Country of OriginUkraine
Length94 min.
Director Mstyslav Chernov
20 Days in Mariupol