FRONTLINE Wins Academy Award

Watch FRONTLINE's film 20 Days in Mariupol which just won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature Film.


FRONTLINE documentary, 20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL, was honored with an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature Film during the 96th Oscars® ceremony held at Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and televised live on ABC.  20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL, presented by FRONTLINE and Associated press, tells the important and powerful story from the perspective of an AP team of Ukrainian journalists trapped in the besieged city of Mariupol during the Russian invasion. PBS is proud to share this film with our audiences, and grateful to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for recognizing it.

A powerful, first-person view of the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, 20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL is told through the perspective of Ukrainian filmmaker and AP video journalist Mstyslav Chernov. The documentary is Chernov’s first feature film, after he spent nearly a decade covering international conflicts, including the Russia-Ukraine war, for The Associated Press.

“This is the first Oscar in Ukrainian history, and I’m honored but probably I will be the first director on this stage to say I wish I never made this film,” said Chernov. He went on to remind the public that “we can make sure that the history record is set straight, that the truth prevails, and that the people of Mariupol and those who’ve given their lives will never be forgotten — because cinema forms memory and memory forms history.”

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