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THE GRAVE

A STUDIO 9 FILMS PRODUCTION
WITH GWARA MEDIA

FOR ITV EXPOSURE

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RTS Television Journalism Awards 2024 Nominee
Current Affairs - International

Over one year, The Grave tells the story of the search for justice and accountability after a mass grave was discovered last autumn in a forest outside the city of Izium in northwest Ukraine. It followed six months of  brutal Russian occupation. Nearly 450 bodies were found - some had been tortured, some shot, and some had died as a result of the relentless bombardment of the area.

While grieving families and relatives seek justice for alleged war crimes, others are still searching for their loved ones - fearing they might be identified among the dead. The film, for the BAFTA-winning Exposure strand, interweaves haunting first-hand survivor accounts of the occupation with access to the Ukrainian investigators and secret service agents hunting down the Russians they believe are responsible. In the words of one: “What the Russian military has done, it is against humanity. It could be called genocide”. 

Executive Producer
Business Affairs
Producer Director
Gwara Media


Director of Photography
Picture Editor
Finishing Editor
Dubbing Mixer
Fiona Lloyd-Davies
Robin Barty-King
Allie Wharf
Serhii Prokopenko
Oleksii Yeroshenko
Denys Glushko
John Templeton
Damian Leask
Boyd Nagle
Peregrine Andrews
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FACT FILE

449

bodies found in the grave

95%

of which were civilians

48

bodies not yet identified

9

torture facilities

162

days under occupation

>80%

of Izium's infrastructure damaged

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WITHIN DAYS OF RUSSIA'S INVASION OF UKRAINE AT THE END OF FEBRUARY 2022, THE CITY OF IZIUM CAME UNDER INTENSE ATTACK.

AFTER SIX MONTHS OF OCCUPATION, IZIUM WAS FINALLY LIBERATED BY UKRAINIAN FORCES ON 10 SEPTEMBER 2022

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THE MASS GRAVE WAS REVEALED

THIS IS THE STORY OF WHAT HAPPENED IN THE WEEKS AND MONTHS THAT FOLLOWED, AS TOLD BY THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED THROUGH IT

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KEY CHARACTERS

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STUDIO 9 FILMS TEAM

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GWARA MEDIA

Throughout the making of The Grave, Studio 9 Films has worked closely in collaboration with Gwara Media, an international award-winning online media platform based in Kharkiv working fearlessly to cover the earth-shaking events of Russia's war on Ukraine. 

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PRODUCTION TEAM

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