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"20 Days in Mariupol": Oscar-winning documentary from a military invasion

Ukrainian journalists Mstyslav Chernov and Evgeniy Maloletka are on assignment to cover Russia's full-scale invasion for the Associated Press in 2022 when they find themselves trapped in the besieged city of Mariupol. They are the last international journalists remaining in the city. From there, they document the horrors of war and broadcast material that later becomes defining images of the first weeks of the conflict: dying children, mass graves, and the bombing of a maternity hospital.

These experiences later inspired the documentary film "20 Days in Mariupol," Chernov's debut feature film. The film has won numerous prestigious awards, including a Pulitzer Prize, the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and Best Documentary at the BAFTA. Most recently it earned an OSCAR for Best Documentary Feature!

At the Nordic Media Days Chernov and Maloletka will share their experiences in the field in Mariupol and the years of war that followed. They will also discuss what it's like to cover a war so close to home, and emphasizing the importance of keeping the focus on Ukraine when other conflicts dominate the news landscape.

Time and place:

  • Thursday, 10:00am–10:40am
  • Peer Gynt
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