Told and filmed by the people of Mariupol, Mariupol: The People’s Story is the deeply personal story of the destruction of a modern Ukrainian city. Those featured lived through the horror of the Russian invasion by recording what was happening around them, seeking safe-haven in the city’s theatre, treating victims from the bombed maternity hospital, and living in underground bunkers beneath the Azovstal Steel Works. It is a story of war crimes and suffering but also a story of amazing courage, incredible daring in escape, and undaunted spirit. Mariupol is a symbol of what has happened to Ukraine. It was a city of 430,000 people and over the course of two months endured almost constant bombardment. Ukrainian officials estimate more than 25,000 of the city’s inhabitants were killed. The feature documentary was directed by BAFTA, Emmy, and Peabody award winner Robin Barnwell, and produced by multi-award winner Hilary Andersson.
A BBC Studios release