“20 Days in Mariupol” wins the Audience Award for International Documentary Cinema

Chernov: I thank everyone who believed in us... and all the masses who did not reject us.


Mstislav Chernov's documentary "20 Days in Mariupol", which deals with personal testimony about the early days of the Russian war in Ukraine, won the Audience Award for World Documentary Cinema at the Sundance Film Festival.

Arbitrators in different categories of the festival announced the winners at an award ceremony, the day before yesterday, in Park City, Utah.

“I want to thank everyone who believed in us: The Associated Press, Frontline, Sundance, and all the fans who didn't reject us,” Chernoff said.

This is not an achievement, it is a privilege.

The film was a joint project between "The Associated Press" and "Frontline" of "PBS", and consists of 30 hours of filming Chernov and his colleagues in the besieged city before they are removed from it.

Twelve films were shown for the first time in the International Documentary category, including films on climate change, Syria, growth during the apartheid years, and the Chopin International Piano Competition.

Eternal Memory, about a couple battling Alzheimer's disease, won the Grand Jury Prize in the category.

Other winning films in the same category include “Fantastic Machine,” “For Creative Vision,” and “Against the Tide.”

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