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Sunday 14th January 5:00 PM

20 Days In Mariupol 

Director: Mstyslav Chernov Country: Ukraine
Cert: 18 Year: 2023 Length: 95 mins Language: Ukrainian, Russian and English
20 Days In Mariupol

Audience Reaction

Score: 91.07% Attendance: 64




We hesitated about showing this documentary, but the constantly great reviews (100% on Rotten Tomatoes, 8.7 on IMDb) and the number of members who voted for it, persuaded us it should be seen: An inside view of the Russian occupation of this Ukrainian city is not going to be an easy watch, but probably one we all should see.

Near the beginning of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the city of Mariupol took the brunt of weeks of shelling and fighting. When Russia invaded the city, "The Ukrainian Associated Press journalist and film-maker Mstyslav Chernov was there for 20 days, and filed video reports that helped to galvanise western opinion, particularly the horrific images of mass graves. But this movie is the uncut, unexpurgated version: the real nightmare, the real explicit obscenity which no TV executive would put on the nightly news" - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian.

Whilst Chernov inevitably shows much of this nightmare, he also disproves many of the Russian myths: "During the siege, Russian propaganda claimed that bombing victims were plants, singling out one wounded pregnant woman as 'an actress' wearing make-up. Chernov's footage shows that very woman stumbling, dazed through the rubble. There are no actors here" - Phil de Semlyen,Time Out.

The Ukrainian people are still suffering and dying.

Lest we forget...


open_quote A brave, visceral, merciless masterpiece... Feels like a cinematic siege of the soul. close_quote Ed Vulliamy, The Guardian

open_quote Documentary film-making rarely gets more impactful and devastating close_quote Kevin Maher, The Times

open_quote A brave piece of frontline journalism. close_quote Marina Ashioti, Little White Lies



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