Documentary ‘20 Days in Mariupol’ is shown at UN meeting
Ukrainian documentary by filmmaker and journalist Mstyslav Chernov 20 Days in Mariupol has been screened at the 78th UN General Assembly, with over 100 officials attending
This is reported by Euronews.
British Ambassador Barbara Woodward, who was one of the initiators of the screening, said that the film is important because Russia's invasion of Ukraine threatens what the UN stands for: an international order where the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries are fundamental.
"We want to reaffirm our commitment to U.N. values, and that’s why we’ve chosen to show this very important documentary," she said.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield noted that the film documents the horrors of Putin's war of aggression.
"We’re here tonight to bear witness to these horrors and to reaffirm our commitment to justice and peace,” she said. “We must continue to hold Russia to account for its atrocities. We must continue to support the Ukrainian people in their time of need," she noted.
More about the documentary ‘20 Days in Mariupol’
On January 28, the film won the Audience Award at the Sundance Independent Film Festival in the United States.
The 20th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival took place in Kyiv from June 2 to 8. Later, the festival announced the winners. The film ‘20 Days in Mariupol’ by Ukrainian director and Pulitzer Prize winner Mstyslav Chernov won the jury and audience awards.
Two documentaries about the war in Ukraine - ‘In the Rearview’ by Maciek Hamela and ‘20 Days in Mariupol’ by Mstyslav Chernov - won awards at the British film festival Sheffield DocFest 2023.
The documentary ‘20 Days in Mariupol’ also became the top-grossing film in Ukrainian theaters, taking over half a million hryvnias in the first weekend after its premiere.