"20 Days in Mariupol" as a fragment of crimes in Ukraine

When a few more days have passed since the second anniversary of the start of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, a part of the narrative has come to Pristina through the documentary "20 days in Mariupol". The documentary film, directed by the Ukrainian Mstyslav Chernov, brings the murders and destruction. It is a kind of testament, although only a fragment of the war period and the crimes committed.

The first 20 days of the Russian aggression in Mariupol come within the chilling narrative that speaks through heroic confrontation, suffering and fear.

"House of Europe" has turned on the projector to bring the tragic fate of the people in Ukraine. It speaks of a country that stubbornly refuses to secede from the state.

With the documentary film "20 days in Mariupol" in more than an hour and a half, the director brings chronologically the progress of the war from day to day. There it also makes a kind of comparison of the way of reporting. While the screen brings the news from all over the world, where the figures look like numbers and houses like objects, the details in the documentary shown at the beginning of the week convey powerful emotions.

The director is on the battlefield. He also faces the fear and panic of people who influence attempts to stop him from filming.

Surrounded by warning alarms, the sound of bombs and bullets and screams, people become aggressive, afraid for their lives and concerned for the lives of their relatives. The silence seems to scream in a few short sequences.

It also includes the political propaganda of the Russian media. Russian television, with the same footage shot by Chernov from the maternity hospital, reported that Ukraine had hired actors to play the victims.

The documentary film has brought strong emotions to the public. The ambassador of the European Union in Kosovo, Tomáš Szunyog, said that the film is an important document of the war.

"It is a tragic film that shows the war, the victims of the war, the tragedies that have affected the civilian population. It also shows how brave people are. The film is also nominated for an Oscar, so there are two weeks to see what happens. It is really serious the demonstration of war and what happens in similar circumstances to the civilian population, like in Mariupol. It's a sign of how important it is to face the Russian invasion."

According to him, over time, Kosovo has joined the countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia. This, according to him, has made the country properly positioned for the event that will remain in history, as a supporter of Ukraine.

"It is unjustifiable aggression and a clear violation of international law. Unfortunately, the aggression continues and this tragic event seems out of place. We want to underline the importance of this war, not only for Ukraine, but for all of Europe, especially for the Western Balkans, with an emphasis on Kosovo. I think it is very important that Kosovo imposed sanctions on Russia, because this proves that it is on the right side of history".

The documentary directed by the war correspondent, novelist and filmmaker has already received prestigious awards.

On February 18, the documentary film "20 days in Mariupol" won an award from the British Academy. Received "BAFTA" for the best documentary. The director himself received the "Directors Guild of America Awards".

The feature-length documentary film is also a contender for the "Oscar" award. It is nominated in the best documentary category. The award ceremony will take place on the night of March 10.

The film premiered in Kosovo at the last edition of the international documentary and short film festival "DokuFest" in Prizren.