Ukrainian journalist Mstyslav Chernov and his colleagues risk their lives to document Russia’s siege of Mariupol in this FRONTLINE/AP documentary. The Guardian calls it “a brave, visceral, merciless masterpiece.” The New York Times says, “Essential. A relentless and truly important documentary.”
This journalism is made possible by viewers like you. Support your local PBS station here: https://www.pbs.org/donate The award-winning documentary “20 Days in Mariupol” follows Chernov as he and his Ukrainian AP colleagues become trapped in the besieged city of Mariupol, struggling to continue their work documenting atrocities of the Russian invasion.
The last international journalists remaining in the city as Russian forces close in, Chernov, photographer Evgeniy Maloletka and field producer Vasilisa Stepanenko capture what become some of the most defining images of the war: dying children, mass graves, the bombing of a maternity hospital, and more. “20 Days in Mariupol” draws on Chernov’s daily news dispatches and personal footage of his own country at war.
The result is a raw and haunting account of a journalist risking his life to share the truth of the conflict with the world. Made in partnership with The Associated Press, “20 Days in Mariupol” has had a decorated run on the 2023 film festival circuit — including at the Sundance Film Festival, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the Sheffield Film Festival and the DocEdge Film Festival. “20 Days in Mariupol” is a FRONTLINE production with The Associated Press.
The director, cinematographer and writer is Mstyslav Chernov. The field producer is Vasilisa Stepanenko. The still photographer is Evgeniy Maloletka. The editor is Michelle Mizner. The composer is Jordan Dykstra. The producers are Mstyslav Chernov, Michelle Mizner, Raney Aronson-Rath (FRONTLINE’s editor-in-chief and executive producer) and Derl McCrudden (AP’s vice president of news and head of global news production). “20 Days in Mariupol” is distributed domestically by PBS Distribution and internationally by Dogwoof.