20 Days In Mariupol: Review. By Richard Schertzer.
Taken in a sense of urgency, the film uses such techniques as dodgy camera angles to adhere to the cause of the people affected by this series of tragedies.
In almost every single way director, writer and producer Mstyslav Chernov hits the nail on the head when he did made this invigorating expose of the horrors taking place in Mariupol. The film takes place over the course of 20 long, grueling days in what appears to be a frightening atmosphere of tortured victims of the city after the Russian invasion.
Looking at this gargantuan project is something that is not for the faint of heart and makes for some incredibly emotional viewing for the audience. Just so that we are on the same page, these are not actors. They are not given a script. Chernov seems to be almost shooting off-the-cuff with his cinematic achievement, which is this film.
Many documentaries usually talk about the light parts of the world or play it safe by staying in their own echo chambers for validation and assurance from other people. Chernov puts the pedal to the medal and keeps on driving.
Knowing what these people know and seeing what these people have seen, makes you look at the world very differently and should make most people appreciate what they have in the United States of America. I can certainly be grateful for the fact that my neighborhood has not been bombed out by Russians.
Knowing that the people of Mariupol have lost almost everything makes this film more than just a documentary. It’s a public call to action that needs to be addressed. This isn’t the type of thing that goes away by ignoring it.
All I have to say is that Chernov has hit a grand slam of a film that is heavy of the emotional weight.
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