A year on the Ukrainian Frontline: Documentary

www.firstfocusdocs.com

My name is Reece, I'm a British filmmaker who has spent the last 11 months covering the war in Eastern Ukraine. The project is simple: A documentary showing a year on the Ukrainian Frontline, the experiences, stories and realities as told by the soldiers and civillians participating or affected by this war. Please check out our short teaser above.

Over the last 11 months, I've captured some incredible interviews, footage and stories which will go towards the final documentary, showing a year in the life on the Ukrainian frontline. Due to the long time I've spent here, I've been able to make a name and form a strong bond and connections to a lot of the people here, and as such have many in-depth interviews,  providing a more honest narrative of this war.  We've also followed important events such as disengagement, Normandy Format meetings and prisoner exchanges as Ukraine looks to end the war. 45086698_1580214188654908_r.jpeg
This documentary will be important, as it'll help serve as an important reminder to those in Ukraine and the West on the realities of the war that still rages here, despite the misconception of a 'frozen war'. The situation on the ground still remains deadly for soldiers and civillians, with very little factual, impartial information being made available to the west. As Zelenskyy moves to end the hostilities next year, this might be the only documentary that shows the final year of the Ukrainian War, and the loss and devastation it brought. On the side, I also launched my own Youtube channel First Focus, on which I provide updates, news and shorter documentaries about the events that unfold here. This channel was started to gauge the worldwide interest in Ukraine and its war, and our videos have proven to be popular in many countries across the world.
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I am looking for funding to help finish my documentary. My plans include remaining on the frontline until January, which will see me having spent 12 months here.  Funds permitting, afterwards  I plan to travel to several cities in Western Ukraine, and meet up with several battalions I have met over the last year, who are now back to their bases and training and preparing for a fresh deployment. This will be a great opportunity to meet up with old friends, discuss their time in the trenches with hindsight, and their plans to return. Afterwards, I will intend to travel to Kyiv and finish the editing and deliver the documentary. 

So far the funds have largely been out of my own pocket, with some support through crowdfunding through our youtube viewers, or sales of our postcards. The funds raised here will help me travel across Ukraine and visit the brigades at base. It will also allow me to polish the final documentary with a proper sound mix and colour grading, and begin the distribution process, allowing this film to be seen by as many people as possible.

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I believe the documentary I am making will broadcast to the world the experiences and realities of the average soldier here on the frontline. Having followed the news coverage about Ukraine for years, I'm confident that what I've made is different; a more frank and in-depth look at the situation here as told by the combatants themselves. A lot of effort, emotions and money have already gone into this project  by myself and its participants, and I want to do them justice by delivering this project and sharing their story to the world. As a conclusion and peace is looking more likely, I want to use this film to ensure that the voices of this conflict are remembered in the future years.

Donations

  • Adel Boctor 
    • £100 
    • 22 d
  • Anonymous 
    • £50 
    • 26 d
  • Olha Waters 
    • £150 
    • 26 d
  • Igor Fineman 
    • £100 
    • 27 d
  • David Boctor 
    • £190 
    • 28 d

Organizer

Reece Lynch 
Organizer
Willington, East Midlands, United Kingdom
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