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"20 Days in Mariupol" director Mstyslav Chernov receives the Directors Guild of America Award

12.02.2024, 13:29
Mstyslav Chernov with his DGA award. Photo by Directors Guild of America / Facebook
Mstyslav Chernov with his DGA award. Photo by Directors Guild of America / Facebook

Filmmaker Mstyslav Chernov received the Directors Guild of America Award for his documentary "20 Days in Mariupol", reports the award's official website.

He won the award for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary". This is Chernov's first DGA Award nomination.

In his acceptance speech, Mstyslav Chernov, mentioned the February 9 shelling strike on his home city Kharkiv, which killed seven people, including three children.

"Today my home city Kharkiv was bombed. Seven people died, three of whom were children. It's a sad day. Yet, I realise the power of cinema as I stand looking at you. Because as these children and people run away from the bombs falling down on them, as they sit in their basements, they watch movies to cope with their fear," he said, according to Suspilne.

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The 2023 outstanding directorial achievement award winners were announced on the night of February 11 in Los Angeles.

"20 Days in Mariupol"

"20 Days in Mariupol" is the directorial debut of war correspondent (with experience in Syria, Nagorno-Karabakh, Libya, Iraq, Gaza Strip, Afghanistan), photographer, videographer and writer Mstyslav Chernov.

The filmmaking process also involved photographer Yevhen Maloletka and producer and journalist Vasylisa Stepanenko. They received the Pulitzer Prize, which is considered the most prestigious in the field of journalism, for their work in the besieged Mariupol.

As reported by IMI, on March 22, 2022, the Associated Press published the report "20 days in Mariupol: The team that documented city's agony" by their correspondent Mstyslav Chernov, wherein he wrote about spending 20 days in the beseiged Mariupol and eventually evacuating together with with Yevhen Maloletka and Vasylisa Stepanenko.

They were covering the events in Mariupol, which was beseiged by Russian troops, filming the ruin caused by the shelling, the work of doctors in local hospitals, the numerous civilian victims.

In January 2024, Mstyslav Chernov's documentary "20 Days in Mariupol" was nominated for "Best Documentary" at the Oscars. This year's Oscars will take place on March 10.

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