The Ukrainian war documentary “20 Days in Mariupol” has been awarded the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, marking a historic achievement for Ukrainian cinema. This gripping film captures the harrowing siege of Mariupol by Russian forces and the indomitable spirit of its inhabitants.

Director Mstyslav Chernov, producers Michelle Mizner and Raney Aronson-Rath win the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature Film for “20 Days in Mariupol” during the Oscars show at the 96th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 10, 2024. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Directed by war reporter Mstyslav Chernov, “20 Days in Mariupol” offers an unflinching look at the human cost of war. The documentary chronicles the 20-day period during which the city was under relentless attack, showcasing the resilience and bravery of both the citizens and the journalists who risked their lives to tell this story.

The film’s Oscar win is not just a triumph for its creators but also a poignant reminder of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. It serves as a testament to the power of documentary filmmaking in bearing witness to truth and history in the making.

As the first Ukrainian film to receive an Academy Award, “20 Days in Mariupol” stands as a beacon of hope and a call to action for the international community to not turn a blind eye to the struggles faced by war-torn regions.

This Oscar-winning documentary is a must-watch for anyone seeking to understand the realities of modern warfare and its impact on innocent lives. It’s a powerful tribute to the city of Mariupol and its defiant stand against overwhelming odds.