FEATURE SHORT (40 MINS)
NOMINATED - GRIERSON AWARDS
FINALIST - ONE WORLD MEDIA AWARDS
'Behind The Zero Line' takes you inside the lives of the people trapped in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, following the soldiers fighting on the front lines and the residents forced to hide away every night from shelling.
In March 2015 Filmmaker Frederick Paxton obtained unique access to Zaitseva, Ukraine - a small, divided village trapped in the grey zone between the separatist (DNR) and Government front lines ofEastern Ukraine. After two years of fighting, and thousands of civilian and military casualties, there is still no political will to bring a meaningful end to the conflict in the East. And with an official ceasefire in place much of the world has lost interest in Ukraine. But life – and war – goes on.
This slow-burn war documentary shows the traumatic, repetitive, and physically gruelling reality of daily life for the residents and soldiers trapped “behind the zero line”. It aims to show the viewer a different idea of the conflict, not lead by statistics and numbers, but the human and social impact of the physical, mental and social divide caused by war.