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U.S. Film Crew Recounts Harrowing Escape From Pro-Russian Mob in Ukraine

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An American documentary film crew says it was attacked by a crowd in Ukraine on Saturday and barely escaped alive, Mashable has learned.

The crew, which consisted of five Americans — including the team behind the 2013 award-winning documentary Blood Brother — and three Ukrainian assistants, had traveled to Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine to finish shooting its new Kickstarter-backed documentary Gennadiy, about a local children’s orphanage.

The following chain of events were conveyed to Mashable by the Steve Hoover, the film’s director, and Danny Yourd, its producer. The crew’s translator, Fillip Velgach, also provided Mashable with a writeup of the incident. Read more…

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