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Voices from Ukraine Film Series: 20 Days in Mariupol at FLETCHER FREE LIBRARY

Visit the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington for a screening of 20 Days in Mariupol (2022), the final installment of a 4-film screening and discussion series presented by Voices from Ukraine and hosted by Fletcher Free Library and South Burlington Public Library. Stay after each movie to join in the discussion and enjoy traditional Ukrainian cookies. 20 Days in Mariupol will be shown at Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street, Burlington.

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 remaining in the city, they capture what will 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.

A discussion will follow the film. Facilitator Deb Ellis is a documentary filmmaker who makes films that focus on social justice and activism.  She is a professor at the University of Vermont. Her film Moving Train (2004) was shortlisted for an Academy Award in the feature documentary category in 2005.

The four films in this series are:

Earth, by Aleksandr Dovzhenko (1930), 78 minutes
Saturday, February 3, 2024, 2:00 p.m.
Showing at: Fletcher Free Library, 235 College St., Burlington, VT 05401

Mr. Jones (2019) by Agnieszka Holland, 118 minutes (Ages 14+)
Saturday, February 10, 2024, 12:00 p.m.
Showing at: South Burlington Public Library, 180 Market St., South. Burlington, VT (Auditorium) 

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom (The Maidan Uprising in Kyiv) (2014)
102 minutes (Ages 14+)
Saturday, February 17, 2024, 12:00 p.m.
Showing at: South Burlington Public Library, 180 Market St., South Burlington, VT (Auditorium)

20 Days in Mariupol (2022), 94 Minutes (Ages 14+)
Saturday, February 24, 2024, 12:00 p.m.
Showing at: Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street, Burlington, Vermont 

Voices from Ukraine VT (VFU-VT) is a volunteer-led collaboration among Vermonters and Ukrainians overseas to introduce community members to the art, images, stories, culture, and food of Ukraine. Thank you to the following individuals and organizations: Engineering Ventures, Sherrill Musty, Kim Rainbolt, Lori Davis & Art Rovner, Kate & Bill Schubart, film facilitators and anonymous donors. Thank you also to the Fletcher Free Library, the South Burlington Library and the Kingdom School & Cultural Center in Krakow, Poland.

Email sbplprograms@southburlingtonvt.gov or call 802-846-4140 if you have questions or would like to be added to the email list for this group.

The Library is ADA accessible, patrons are asked to call (802) 846-4140 in advance if special services are required.

Masks may be worn in the library and at any library program.