Screening of the award-winning movie "20 Days in Mariupol"

Join the Oxford University Ukrainian Society for screening of the award-winning movie “20 Days in Mariupol” by Mstyslav Chernov.

Mariupol, located on the Azov Sea close to the frontlines, was among the first cities on the way of the Russian army invading Ukraine in February 2022. As of the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the only international reporters who remained in the city of Mariupol were the AP team of Mstyslav Chernov, Yevhen Maloletka and Vasylisa Stepanenko. Their lens captured the devastating impact of the “Russian world” on the once-thriving city of 500,000 people, now reduced to ruins with bombed maternity wards, schools, hospitals, and residential premises.

“20 Days in Mariupol” is Mstyslav Chernov’s first feature-length film. Drawing on Chernov’s daily news dispatches and personal footage of the war, the movie is a vivid, harrowing account of civilians caught in the siege, as well as a window into what it’s like to report from a conflict zone, and the impact of such journalism around the globe.

Premiering at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, where it secured victory in the Sundance World Cinema Documentary Competition, the film became the Ukrainian submission for the 96th Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature. The film also received recognition at the BAFTA Awards and won the Directors Guild of America Awards. Heralded as one of the top 5 documentary films of 2023 by the National Board of Review, it was screened at the 78th session of the UN General Assembly, accumulating over 20 awards and 40 nominations. It has also won the prestigious BAFTA Award.

In a spirit of solidarity, all proceeds from the screening will contribute to the Oxford University Ukrainian Society’s fundraiser for an ambulance on the Ukrainian frontline. Make a difference by supporting this crucial cause.