It was February two years ago when we witnessed the horrible beginning of the full scale Russian invasion on Ukraine. One of the most tragic events happened in Mariupol, and now you can also see with your own eyes what life under attack is.
Please note: this screening will take place at Lab-1, (Keizersgracht 19) and not at Filmhuis De Zwarte Doos on campus.
Language: Ukrainian, English, Russian, subtitles: English
On the eve of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a team of Ukrainian journalists enter the strategic eastern port city of Mariupol. During the subsequent siege and assault, as bombs fall, inhabitants flee, and access to electricity, food, water, and medicine are severed, the team — the only international journalists left — struggles to cover the war atrocities and to transmit their footage out. Eventually surrounded by Russian soldiers, they shelter in a hospital, unsure of how they’ll escape.
20 Days in Mariupol is not an avarage war doc. Ukrainian filmmaker and journalist Mstyslav Chernov offers a window into the practices of conflict zone reporters and an unflinching, anguishing account of the 20 days he and colleagues Evgeniy Maloletka and Vasilisa Stepanenko spent covering Mariupol.
Their footage, widely disseminated through news media, not only documents the death and destruction — corpses in the streets and mass graves, the bombing of apartment buildings and a maternity ward, doctors despairing children they couldn’t save — but directly refutes Russian misinformation. Seeing so much death, Chernov wonders how capturing any more could make a difference. But residents implore them to let the world bear witness.
The film won 24 awards and has 48 nominations. Among those were the:
- Winner Audience Award World Cinema - Documentary
- Winner IDFA Audience Prize 2023
- Oscar Nomination for Best Documentary Feature 2024
This film will be shown at Lab-1, Keizersgracht 19.
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Please be on time
The screening of the film starts at 19:00. We kindly ask you to be in the entrance hall of Lab-1 at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the film. Your Studium Generale e-ticket will be exchanged for a Lab-1 movie ticket at the venue by a Studium Generale representative.
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The Studium Generale film program is selected in collaboration with the Student Film Committee.