Singapore Press Club - Singapore Film Society present

20 Days in Mariupol - an Oscar and BAFTA-winning documentary 

  • Singapore debut film screening
  • Special Behind-the-Scenes video update from Kyiv 
  • A panel discussion by local and foreign journalists 

In collaboration with the Embassy of Ukraine in Singapore, and the European Union (EU) Delegation to Singapore.

On the second anniversary of the Russia-Ukraine war, Singapore Press Club and Singapore Film Society presented the Singapore debut of “20 Days in Mariupol” - an Oscar-nominated, BAFTA-winning documentary by Pulitzer prize winners, Mstyslav Chernov and his Associated Press team who were trapped in the strategic port city of half a million Ukrainian inhabitants when Russian tanks rolled in.

The screening held on Saturday, 24 February 2024 evening at The Projector, Cineleisure was attended by the Ukrainian Ambassador Kateryna Zelenko, EU Ambassador in Singapore H.E. Iwona Piórko and members of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Singapore on top of Singapore Press Club members and public. 

It was followed by a panel discussion by local and foreign journalists on the challenges of war zone reporting and the editorial considerations faced by newsrooms moderated by Maura Fogarty, Singapore Bureau Editor at BBC News. Panellists included Derek Wallbank, Managing Editor at Bloomberg News and Ravi Velloor, Associate Editor and Senior Asia Columnist at The Straits Times. Singaporean video journalist Megumi Lim also contributed a special 14-minute behind-the-scenes update from Kyiv which can be watched here.

If you’ve missed the film, here’s one more chance to catch it.

 📅 Date: Sunday, 3 March 2024

📍 The Projector, Golden Mile 

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Maura Fogarty (Moderator)

Singapore Bureau Editor at BBC News 

Maura is editorially responsible for BBC World News programs Newsday and Asia Business Report as well as coverage of news and business on digital platforms. She is one of Asia's most experienced journalists, having covered the region for CNBC, CNN and Channel NewsAsia. As a reporter, producer and news presenter, Maura has been based in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Middle East, covering some of the biggest stories in the last two decades.

Maura has interviewed  numerous Heads of Stet, CEOs and business leaders and was a finalist in the Best News Anchor category at the 2009 Asian Television Awards. Maura has a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Willamette University. 

Derek Wallbank (Panellist)

Managing Editor at Bloomberg News and Singapore Press Club Management Committee Member

Wallbank, based in Singapore, oversees breaking news across much of Asia and around the world. He has led Bloomberg's breaking news coverage in Asia hours across some of biggest market-moving moments of the last several years, including the US-China trade war, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the Covid-19 pandemic, three Trump-Kim summits and five G-20s. He's a frequent analyst on Bloomberg TV commenting on geopolitical risk and global politics. 

Before moving to Asia in 2019, Wallbank ran Bloomberg's Washington breaking news desk, where he managed headline coverage of the Obama and Trump administrations, US elections, and international geopolitical risk. Previously, as a reporter for Bloomberg and MinnPost, Wallbank covered Congress, the White House, and campaign politics. Wallbank is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds an MBA from the University of Illinois.

Ravi Velloor (Panellist)

Associate Editor and Senior Asia Columnist, The Straits Times

A 35-year veteran of the trade, Ravi has reported from across Asia, and the US. Formerly Foreign Editor and South Asia Bureau Chief of ST, he is as much at ease with global business and macro-economic issues as he is with diplomacy and international politics. A Jefferson Fellow, Ravi previously worked with Bloomberg News, Time Warner magazines and Agence France-Presse.

Currently, he hosts Asian Insider and also writes for the Speaking of Asia column on Asian macroeconomics, business, diplomacy and other Asian-focussed current affairs news every Friday and In Good Company column where he interviews various CEOs.

Megumi Lim, Singaporean video journalist 

Her reports are carried by news organisations like CNA, The Washington Post and The New York Times

Megumi had just moved to Kyiv last September when she caught the Oscar-nominated and BAFTA winning documentary, “20 Days in Mariupol”, which she found shocking and scary to watch. The film chronicles how an Associated Press team of Ukrainian journalists trapped in the besieged city of Mariupol documented the war’s atrocities. She had been following the AP team’s reporting in Mariupol at the start of the war.

Megumi's Special Behind-the-Scenes video update from Kyiv. 

Ukrainian Director Mystyslav Chernov in his acceptance speech at the Oscars for winning the Best Documentary Feature, said "I'll be the first director on this stage who will say 'I wish I never made this film', his emotional denounciation of the continued invasion of his country by Russian forces. 


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