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20 Days in Mariupol reveals truth about Russian terrorism, Zelenskyy on Ukraine's historic Oscar win

Mstyslav Chernov on the stage of the Oscars 2024
Mstyslav Chernov on the stage of the Oscars 2024

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy responded to Ukraine's historic Oscar win for the documentary film 20 Days in Mariupol, directed by Mstyslav Chernov, on social media on March 11.

The film exposes the harsh realities of Russian terrorism and the devastating attack on Mariupol over two years ago.

Zelenskyy expressed gratitude to the film's team for their significant achievement, emphasizing that the Oscar recognition provides an opportunity to loudly condemn Russia's war against Ukraine. He also took a moment to remember the defenders of Mariupol who are still held in Russian captivity under inhumane conditions.

"We must protect our country and all of our people in order to restore normal life free of fear," Zelensky said on X.

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Following the Oscar ceremony, Chernov expressed a poignant message, stating that he would willingly exchange the award and the film itself if it could prevent further Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities.

The film becomes the first Ukrainian Oscar-winning production, with American producers Michelle Mizner and Renee Aronson-Rath contributing to its creation. Produced by Frontline, the movie is rooted in video footage captured by the Associated Press team. Videographer Chernov, photographer Evgeniy Maloletka, and producer Vasilisa Stepanenko documented the events in the besieged Mariupol, surrounded by Russian forces. Arriving just hours before the Russian invasion, the team left the city through a green corridor after 20 days, successfully bringing out all recorded material.

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2023.

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