Lithuanian film director Mantas Kvedaravicius killed in Mariupol by the Russian military
Lithuanian documentary film director Mantas Kvedaravicius, 45, was killed by the Russian army while trying to flee the city — reports ArmyInform, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s information agency.
“While (he was) trying to leave Mariupol, Russian occupiers killed Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravicius,” the agency tweeted on April, 3.
According to the Lithuanian media, the film director’s car was hit by a missile. The man was rushed to the hospital, but the doctors were unable to save him. Documentary director Vitaly Mansky confirmed his colleague’s death.
“Our friend, member of Artdocfest, Lithuanian film director Mantas Kvedaravicius was murdered today in Mariupol, with a camera in his hands,” Mansky wrote on Facebook.
Kvedaravicius was known for his documentary “Mariupolis” about the city’s front line life during the war in Donbas. The movie premiered in 2016 at Berlinale.
Kvedaravicius also directed “Barzakh” (2011), a documentary about Chechnia, and “Parthenon” (2020).