The film “Mariupol. Unlost Hope” will be screened in cities similar to Mariupol worldwide 

Documentary film “Mariupol. Unlost hope”, filmed by the Organization of Ukrainian Producers (OUP), will be released in 40 cities of the world, similar to Mariupol either by population or as a port and/or industrial center, or in Mariupol twin-cities. The campaign is starting on Independence Day of Ukraine and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The film shows Russia’s war against Ukraine through the eyes of ordinary people, and the audience will also be ordinary residents of the cities of the screening.

It will be the film’s premiere, which will take place simultaneously with its first screening in Ukraine.

Volodymyr Borodyansky, co-founder of the Organization of Ukrainian Producers (OUP), producer of the film “Mariupol. Unlost hope”: “This campaign is about empathy. It’s important to us that people in cities ‘lookalike’ Mariupol can feel this war, can experience emotions and find solidarity within. The subjects of our films went through an experience that should be seen by every representative of international organizations created exactly to prevent this in today’s world. It’s scary to admit, but ‘never again’ turned out to be just words with no real action behind it. It seems that they have lost their initial mission — to ensure global security and compliance with international humanitarian law by all countries. Each of our subjects demonstrates such incredible strength and humanity that the UN or Red Cross can learn from. Each of the heroes of our films did everything possible to ensure the very possibility of the ‘international humanitarian law’ existence, without any regulations and procedures. And the international community should see this.”

The campaign organizers are targeting 40 cities that are similar to Mariupol by two criteria: population quantity and the presence of a port and/or industrial production. Orit may be twin-cities of Mariupol.

As of October 5, 2022, the film is shown in the following cities

Melbourne (Australia), Linz (Austria),  Hamilton (Canada), Plymouth (Great Britain), Yerevan (Armenia), Piraeus (Greece), Batumi (Georgia), Ikast (Denmark), Tallinn (Estonia), Herzliya (Israel) , Delhi (India), Reykjavik (Iceland), Savona (Italy), Beijing (China), Riga (Latvia), Klaipeda (Lithuania), Rotterdam, Utrecht (Netherlands), Dresden (Germany), Auckland (New Zealand) , Bergen (Norway), Lisbon (Portugal), Kosice, Bratislava (Slovakia), Samui Island (Thailand), Budapest (Hungary), Le Havre (France), Zagreb (Croatia), Geneva (Switzerland), Gothenburg (Sweden)

Screenings are planned for Tirana (Albania), Perth (Australia), Baku (Azerbaijan), Brussels (Belgium), Varna (Bulgaria), Manchester (Great Britain), Hadleysfield (Great Britain), Bilbao (Spain), Salerno (Italy),Wellington (New Zealand), Gdansk (Poland), Porto (Portugal), Baltimore (USA), Izmir (Turkey), Stockholm (Sweden), Zagreb (Croatia), Oslo (Finland), Brno (Czech Republic), Jokoska (Japan).

Dmytro Kuleba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and our embassies worldwide uncover the truth about crimes of the Russian Federation every day. The screening of the film about Mariupol in 40 world cities similar to it will be an important contribution to our common purpose. Public diplomacy of the Ministry is especially active during the war, because such humanitarian projects make it possible to reach the hearts of people around the globe. The real life stories of Ukrainians are the best tool to fight Russian propaganda and lies. Documentary film ‘Mariupol. Unlost Hope’ reveals the facts of Russian aggression to the international audience through the eyes of its direct witnesses. We are working to ensure that the world sees the true face of the Russian Federation and we will not stop until the last Russian soldier leaves our land, and those guilty of aggression and crimes are punished”.

The film “Mariupol. Unlost Hope” will also be released in Ukraine on Independence Day. In addition Ukrainian media will show three other movies shot by the OUP during the war: “Nine Lives”, “Berlin. HopeBahnhof” and “Lost Home”. The action in Ukraine was named “And then ‘brothers’ came”.

Documentary film “Mariupol. Unlost hope” is testimonies of ordinary people, who were eyewitnesses of Russia’s WAR against Ukraine. Three women and two men, who had been living in Mariupol during the first month of the invasion, tell what they have seen and felt, how they have made decisions inside of a war. The diaries of one of the film subjects, by journalist Nadiya Sukhorukiva from Mariupol, who has noted what happened around her there, were read by the only one off-screen voice. More



Idea — Tala Prystaetska

Director — Max Lytvynov

Journalist — Natalia Kruzhylina

Cameraman — Yuriy Smetanin

Producers — Organization of Ukrainian Producers (OUP), Volodymyr Borodyansky, Iryna Plakhotniuk


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