Lithuanian documentary filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravičius died in Mariupol. According to the Lithuanian portal 15min, the car in which Mr. Kvedaravičius was driving was hit by a rocket. The director was hospitalized, but his life could not be saved.
“Our friend, participant of Artdocfest, Lithuanian documentary filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravičius, was killed today in Mariupol, with a camera in his hands,” wrote director Vitaly Mansky on Facebook (Meta, recognized as an extremist organization and banned in Russia).
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda expressed his condolences to the director’s family and friends. “We have lost not only in Lithuania, but also in the world a famous artist who, until the last moment, despite the danger, worked in Ukraine,” – said Mr. Nauseda press service the president.
Mantas Kvedaravičius was 45 years old. In 1998 he graduated from the Faculty of History of Vilnius University. In 2007 he graduated from the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Oxford University (Master’s degree). In 2013 he defended his doctoral dissertation at Cambridge University. He taught a course in the theory of religion, law, and politics at Cambridge University.
In the 2000s, the director made the documentary Barzah about the abductions and torture of people in Chechnya. Mantas Kvedaravičius dedicated the painting to human rights activist Natalia Estemirova, who was killed in Chechnya in 2009. She also helped the director shoot the film. The director was also the author of the film “Mariupolis” (2016) about the military events in Donbass. In 2019, his film “Parthenon” was released, dedicated to the marginalized among the Kurds, Ukrainians, Greeks and Sudanese. Filming took place in Odessa, Istanbul and Athens.