Mariupol: The People’s Story

The story of the destruction of Mariupol, Ukraine, told by people who lived through it

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Mariupol: The People’s Story

The Passionate Eye

In Mariupol: The People’s Story, residents describe the terrifying fall of the city, from the first bombshells to the final days at the besieged Azovstal Iron & Steel Works.

Mariupol was a modern, thriving European port city of about 430,000. Over the course of roughly three months starting in early 2022, it was destroyed. Ukrainian officials estimate that at least 25,000 of its inhabitants were killed.

This documentary, filmed and told by residents, shows how the city was ravaged and what it was like to live through the Russian attacks. Hear from those who survived the bombing of the Donetsk Academic Regional Drama Theatre and a maternity hospital, who hid in the bunkers of the Azovstal plant, and who escaped the occupied city, only to return to save family members.

It’s a story of loss, suffering and apparent war crimes, but also bravery, determination and incredible resilience.