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In Honor of World Press Freedom Day: “20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL” Advance Film Screening & Talkback

A team of Ukrainian journalists from the Associated Press (AP) trapped in the besieged city of Mariupol struggle to continue their work documenting atrocities of the Russian invasion. As the only international reporters who remain in the city, they capture what later become defining images of the war: dying children, mass graves, the bombing of a maternity hospital, and more.

After nearly a decade covering international conflicts, including the Russia-Ukraine war for the AP, 20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL is Mstyslav Chernov’s first feature length film and an unflinching, anguishing account of the 20 days he and colleagues Evgeniy Maloletka and Vasilisa Stepanenko spent covering Mariupol as the last international journalists left in the city. Drawing on Chernov’s daily news dispatches and personal footage of his own country at war, 20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL is a vivid, harrowing account of civilians caught in the siege, as well as a window into what it’s like to report from a conflict zone, and the impact of such journalism around the globe.

In honor of World Press Freedom Day, join PEN America and the Roosevelt House Human Rights Program for an advance screening of 20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL, directed by Ukrainian war correspondent, filmmaker, photographer, and novelist Mstyslav Chernov.

The film screening will be followed by a talkback discussion featuring:

Suzanne Nossel (moderator)
CEO, PEN America

Julie Pace
Senior Vice President and Executive Editor, Associated Press

Sergiy Tomilenko 
President of the National Union of Journalists in Ukraine

Mstyslav Chernov 
AP video journalist and director, 20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL


20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL opens July 14 exclusively at Film Forum.