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Screening and Discussion: 20 Days in Mariupol (OV)

Dear Members and Friends of the AmerikaHaus NRW, 

Together with the U.S. Consulate General Düsseldorf and the "UkraineHilfe Düsseldorf", a Joint Project of AVP e.V. (Germany) and United Help Ukraine (USA), we cordially invite you to join us for a screening and discussion of the Academy Award-winning Best Documentary Feature Film in 2024: 

20 Days in Mariupol (OV)
Film Screening and Discussion 

Consul General Pauline A. Kao, U.S. Consulate General in Düsseldorf,
and further guests 

moderated by Dr. Andreas Turnsek,
freelance television author


Monday, April 29, 2024 | 6.00 p.m. 
Filmmuseum Düsseldorf
Schulstraße 4 | 40213 Düsseldorf

An AP team of Ukrainian journalists trapped in the besieged city of Mariupol struggle to continue their work documenting atrocities of the Russian invasion. As the only international reporters who remain in the city, they capture what later become defining images of the war: dying children, mass graves, the bombing of a maternity hospital, and more.

After nearly a decade covering international conflicts, including the Russia-Ukraine war, for The Associated Press, 20 Days in Mariupol is Mstyslav Chernov’s first feature film. The film draws on Chernov’s daily news dispatches and personal footage of his own country at war. It offers a vivid, harrowing account of civilians caught in the siege, as well as a window into what it’s like to report from a conflict zone, and the impact of such journalism around the globe.


Following the screening, we will discuss the documentary and the current situation in Ukraine with:  

Pauline Kao assumed duty as Consul General for the U.S. Consulate General in Düsseldorf, covering the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, in August 2021. She has been a diplomat representing the United States for 24 years, with two other assignments in Berlin previously. Her other tours have taken her to Tokyo, Washington DC, NATO in Brussels, Beijing, Shanghai, and as Foreign Policy Advisor in Hawaii.  

Dr. Andreas Turnsek holds a doctorate in German studies and is a lecturer at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf in the Department of Communication Studies. He has been working as a freelance television author for public television since 1996 and is responsible for reports, live broadcasts and features on politics, business, society and cultural events. 


This event will also be featuring an exhibition of photographs made available by the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers (UAPP). 

The discussion will be held in English and German.  

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Admission is free. Tickets will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. We kindly ask you to only reserve the number of tickets that you will definitely use.


We cordially thank our partners for their cooperation!