In 2022, Mantas Kvedaravičius went back to Ukraine, Mariupol, at the heart of the war, to be with the people he had met and filmed in 2015. Following his death, his producers and collaborators have put all their strength to continue transmitting his work, his vision, and his films. Also holding a PhD in anthropology, Mantas Kvedaravičius wished to testify as a filmmaker as far as possible from the agitation of the media and the politicians. With huge force and sensitivity, Mariupolis 2 depicts life as it continues amidst the bombing and it reveals images that convey both tragedy and hope.
- Direction: Mantas Kvedaravičius
- Editing: Dounia Sichov
- Sound: Rana Eid, Lama Sawaya, Sherif Allam, Rob Walker
- Production: Studio Uljana Kim, Extimacy Films, Easy Riders Films, Twenty Twenty Vision
- Producers: Uljana Kim, Mantas Kvedaravičius, Nadia Turincev, Omar El Kadi, Thanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel
- Format: DCP
- Production Country: Lithuania, France, Germany
- Production Year: 2022
- Duration: 112΄
- Contact: The Match Factory
- Awards/Distinctions: Golden Eye, Special Mention – Cannes Film Festival 2022
Mantas Kvedaravičius (1976–2022) was a Lithuanian-born filmmaker with a degree in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University. His first documentary film, Barzakh was selected for numerous festivals and won several awards, including the Amnesty International Prize and the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Berlinale in 2011. His following two films, Mariupolis (2016) and Parthenon (2019) were selected at the Berlinale and the Venice International Critics’ Week respectively. Mantas Kvedaravičius was captured and killed by Russian Forces in March 2022 in Mariupol, while documenting Russia's invasion in the Ukrainian territory.
2022 Mariupolis 2