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Mstyslav Chernov received the U.S. Directors Guild Award for his film «20 Days in Mariupol»

Mstyslav Chernov with the Director's Guild of America award. Photo by DGA Awards

Ukrainian director, documentary filmmaker, and founder of the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers Mstyslav Chernov has won the US Director's Guild Award (DGA Awards) for his documentary 20 Days in Mariupol. According to the press service, Chernov was awarded for "outstanding directorial achievements in documentary filmmaking."

In his speech during the award ceremony, Chernov recalled the daily attacks by Russians in Ukraine, including the recent shelling of his native Kharkiv. Seven people were killed, including three children.

"I am fully aware of the power of cinema as I stand here looking at you. Cinema helps all of us to cope with this sometimes unbearable world, an unjust world, and gives us hope to stop all the bad things and move towards a better future," - Chernov said.

He was competing for the award with such directors as: Christopher Sharp and Moses Bwoyo with Bobby Wine: The People's President, Madeleine Gavin with Beyond Utopia, Davis Guggenheim with Unchanging: The Michael J. Fox Story, and D. Smith with Kokomo City.


About the award

The US Directors Guild Awards is one of the specialized film awards that identifies potential Oscar winners. This year, the film 20 Days in Mariupol has been nominated for an award in the Best Feature Documentary category. The Oscar ceremony will take place on March 10 in Los Angeles.

About the tape

As a reminder, 20 Days in Mariupol is a film by Ukrainian journalist and photographer Mstyslav Chernov. He was joined by photographer Yevhen Malolietka and producer Vasylisa Stepanenko. The film was created in collaboration with the Associated Press and American documentary filmmakers from Frontline. The journalists arrived in Mariupol just a few hours before the full-scale Russian invasion. In March 2022, Mstyslav Chernov and his colleagues from the Associated Press were the only international team of journalists working in Mariupol and sending materials from there. The documentary shows the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion, the lives of civilians in Mariupol under siege, the bombing of a maternity hospital and residential areas of the city, and mass graves. The team shot all the footage during their 20-day stay in Mariupol. In 2023, the authors of the film won the Pulitzer Prize in the category of Public Service. In addition to the Oscar, the film was also nominated for a BAFTA award.


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