Director Mstyslav Chernov wins DGA award for 20 Days in Mariupol documentary

Mstyslav Chernov
Mstyslav Chernov

The director of the 20 Days in Mariupol documentary, Mstyslav Chernov, has received the DGA (Directors Guild of America) Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary.

The DGA Awards recognize outstanding directorial achievements in television, commercials and documentaries. The ceremony took place on Feb. 10 in Beverly Hills, California.

In his acceptance speech, Chernov spoke about the recent Russian attack on Kharkiv.

“Today my homecity was attacked. Seven people were killed, among them three children. So this is a sad day. At the same time, I see the power of cinema by standing here and looking at you. Because when these children, these people are running from bombs into basements, they are watching movies.”

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See the full list of winners here.

Previously, Chernov’s documentary was nominated for the 2024 Oscars in the Best Documentary Feature Film category.

20 Days in Mariupol recounts the brutal siege of Mariupol by Russian forces in February and March 2022.

Produced by Ukrainian journalists, including Associated Press video operator Mstyslav Chernov, photographer Evhen Maloletka, and producer Vasylisa Stepanenko, the team remained in the city under Russian occupation, capturing the horrors of the invasion, from tanks shelling houses to the killing of civilians, the bombing of a maternity hospital, and mass graves.

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Despite being hunted by Russian troops, they managed to leave the city through a green corridor, taking all the footage with them.

The film premiered internationally at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2023, winning the Audience Award.

Its Ukrainian premiere occurred at the Docudays UA festival in Kyiv, followed by a release in Ukrainian cinemas in August 2023, where it became the highest-grossing Ukrainian documentary film of all time in its opening weekend.

20 Days in Mariupol also received two BAFTA nominations for Best Documentary Feature Film and Best International Film.

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