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20 Days in Mariupol Clinches Best Documentary Oscar

“Mstyslav Chernov’s “20 Days in Mariupol,” a harrowing first-person account of the early days of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, won the best documentary Oscar on Sunday night.”

Key Points:

  • Recognition for Harrowing Coverage: The documentary, a joint production of The Associated Press and PBS’ “Frontline,” received the Oscar for best documentary, providing a firsthand account of the early days of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022. The film, narrated by Mstyslav Chernov, a video journalist for AP, captured the devastation and human cost of the conflict.
  • Unique Perspective: Chernov, along with photographer Evgeniy Maloletka and producer Vasilisa Stepanenko, arrived an hour before Russia began bombing the port city of Mariupol. The team documented crucial scenes, including civilian casualties, the bombing of a maternity hospital, and the overall devastation. They were the last journalists working for an international outlet in the city, providing a unique perspective on the unfolding tragedy.
  • First Oscar for Ukrainian History: This marks the first Oscar in Ukrainian history, and the emotional Chernov expressed the honor while stating that he wishes he had never had to make the film, wishing for an end to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.
  • Appeal for Peace: Chernov used the platform to call on Russia to cease aggression, release hostages, and end the suffering of soldiers and civilians. He emphasized the role of cinema in forming memories and history, expressing a desire for the truth to prevail.
  • Pulitzer Prize Recognition: The documentary previously won the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for public service and was featured in a Pulitzer for breaking news photography.
  • Impactful Reporting: The documentary, titled “20 Days in Mariupol,” had a significant impact, highlighting the human toll of the conflict and providing a powerful narrative through Chernov’s lens.


“20 Days in Mariupol” not only receives recognition as an Oscar-winning documentary but also serves as a powerful testament to the role of journalism in documenting and conveying the realities of war. The film brings attention to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the impact it has on the lives of individuals caught amid violence and devastation.

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