Mantas Kvedaravicius Dies: Lithuanian Film Director Of ‘Mariupolis’ Shot Dead In Ukraine At 45

Mantas Kvedaravicius Dies: Lithuanian Film Director Of ‘Mariupolis’ Shot Dead In Ukraine At 45

April 3, 2022

The Ukrainian Defence Ministry is reporting that Lithuanian film director Mantas Kvedaravicius was killed Saturday in Mariupol, the under seige Ukrainian city and subject of his documentary films.

“While (he was) trying to leave Mariupol, Russian occupiers killed Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravicius,” the ministry’s information agency tweeted on Sunday.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda mourned the death in a statement. “We lost a creator well known in Lithuania and in the whole world, who, until the very last moment, in spite of danger, worked in Russia-occupied Ukraine.”

Kvedaravicius, 45, was best known for his conflict-zone documentary Mariupolis, which premiered at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival.

Amnesty International had awarded Kvedaravicius’s 2011 film Barzakh, shot in the Russian region of Chechnya, a prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Information on survivors was not immediately known.

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