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The Denver Press Club presents “20 Days in Mariupol”

March 15, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT

“20 Days in Mariupol” offers a first-person view of the early days of Russia’s invasion of the port city of Mariupol, Ukraine. It is told through the perspective of Ukrainian-born director and AP video journalist Mstyslav Chernov.

A Frontline and AP co-production, the documentary made its world premiere this year at Sundance, where it won the 2023 Audience Choice Award.

You may remember Chernov’s gripping AP accounts.  One of his dispatches from a year ago began this way:

MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — The Russians were hunting us down. They had a list of names, including ours, and they were closing in.

We were the only international journalists left in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, and we had been documenting its siege by Russian troops for more than two weeks. We were reporting inside the hospital when gunmen began stalking the corridors. Surgeons gave us white scrubs to wear as camouflage.

Suddenly at dawn, a dozen soldiers burst in: “Where are the journalists, for fuck’s sake?”

I looked at their armbands, blue for Ukraine, and tried to calculate the odds that they were Russians in disguise. I stepped forward to identify myself. “We’re here to get you out,” they said.

The walls of the surgery shook from artillery and machine gun fire outside, and it seemed safer to stay inside. But the Ukrainian soldiers were under orders to take us with them…”

Following the screening, there will be opportunities to discuss the film with Ukrainians who fled the conflict zone.



March 15, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT


The Denver Press Club
1330 Glenarm Pl
Denver, CO 80204 United States
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