Frederick Paxton
Behind the Zero Line
2016

War goes on in eastern Ukraine. Behind the Zero Line shows the fractured lives that are the inevitable consequence of a geo political power struggle. The themes and stories speak to the universal trauma and division of war.

Thousands of civilians and combatants have been killed or wounded in more than two years of fighting but there is little political will to bring about an end to hostilities despite an official ceasefire and much of the world has lost interest.

Filmmaker Frederick Paxton obtained unique access to Zaitsevo, a small, divided village trapped in the grey zone between the separatist (DNR) and Government front lines that in many ways represents a microcosm of the problems facing the country.

This studied war documentary shows the traumatic, repetitive, and physically gruelling reality of daily life for residents and soldiers trapped “behind the zero line”. It offers the viewer an alternative of the conflict, led not by statistics and numbers but the human and social impact of the physical, mental and social divides of war.