Documented Screening Program: 20 Days in Mariupol

Screening Drawing on the daily news dispatches of Associated Press journalist and filmmaker Mstyslav Chernov, 20 Days in Mariupol is the Oscar®-nominated telling of Russia's invasion of Mariupol.

Join us in the cinema for the Victorian premiere of Mstyslav Chernov’s 2024 Academy Award-nominated documentary filmed on the frontline of a Ukrainian city under siege.

“Wars don’t start with explosions. They start with silence.”

With the eeriest of silences enshrouding the port city of Mariupol, and a majority of its citizens evacuated, Mstyslav Chernov and a group of Associated Press correspondents find themselves in a hospital as the Russian invasion begins. What unfolds is a harrowing observation of a city under attack, of the people remaining who have either refused to leave or are unable to, and a struggle to bear witness to what is otherwise out of sight for the international community.

Providing shocking context for some of the unforgettable images to come out of the conflict – some disputed at the time by Russian officials – 20 Days in Mariupol is a testament to the courage of frontline reportage in a time when conflicts are increasingly being complicated by the spread of disinformation.

20 Days in Mariupol premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and has been nominated for the 2024 Academy Award for Best Documentary.


Ticketing information: Tickets are $12 for AIDC delegates and are available to purchase via the ACMI website or in-person at the ACMI ticket desk. 

Contains high impact imagery. This film includes content that people may find distressing. Audience discretion is advised.

Director Mstyslav Chernov will participate in a virtual in-conversation with Keisha Knight (International Documentary Association) as part of the AIDC session Mstyslav Chernov – Standing Ground.


Image credit: 20 Days in Mariupol (Madman Entertainment, 2023)



  • Date & Time

    18:30 – 20:15, Monday 4 March 2024

  • Venue

    ACMI Cinema 1