Hello Reddit! I am Reece Lynch. 9 months ago I quit my job and drove my car from the UK to Ukraine. Since then, I've been on the frontline, creating an English-speaking platform that continually covers this war. AMA!
UPDATE: Thanks for all the questions..keep them coming. I'm going to grab a couple hours shut eye, but I'll be checking in on this intermittently throughout the day, so please do ask away.
I'm a British filmmaker, who left my commercial filming job to travel to Ukraine, to report on the war here. I was inspired to do this after finding it almost impossible to find reliable & consistent English-Speaking videos from the region. I travelled here alone, without any language skills or contacts, but have since formed a local team. We're not sponsored or funded by any external forces (relying on my savings and crowdfunding), which enables us to bring transparent and unbiased updates from the front. Over the past 9 months I've had a lot of experiences on and off the frontline, from firefights in the trenches, interviewing volunteer battalions, witnessing failed and successful disengagement’s, visiting abandoned war-torn villages, and much much more.. So please do Ask Me Anything! P.S- I’ll be revisiting this thread again on Friday afternoon GMT, to answer questions from our European friends who will be sleeping now.
Our new YT channel is now live here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5jPkhGESlrzaCNI0zo6S6g Our website: www.firstfocusdocs.com Our Patreon, if you wanted to support us: https://www.patreon.com/Firstfocusdocs
Our key work to date:
Ecology Documentary: https://youtu.be/ZGevOX4j64w Our Ecology documentary was well received on our original YT channel, and helped bring worldwide attention to one of Europe's most polluted cities. Through the doc we've been able to begin the process of linking US based NGO's to local activists here and through the use of satellites and sensors they'll be able to begin collecting accurate data on the pollution levels. While not a short term fix- this will allow for a stronger court case in 5 years when enough data has been collected.
Internally Displaced People Documentary: https://youtu.be/kyhJfpfMarU Our IDP documentary was hard to make, thousands of people left homeless by the war currently struggle with poverty. Our documentary helped rally the local community and NGO's which has led them to be included in weekly food and money deliveries, and receive a large sum that was raised internationally. These are not long term solutions though, and work continues through the Ukrainian Deputy PM to provide proper government assistance.
Weekly Update: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVVE5gQcU_ZkAT4fCrMEIP89OxyYiWNQu Our weekly update is a brief overview on what's been happening the week before on and off the frontline, bringing English Speaking news to a western audience.
Other Links about us: http://euromaidanpress.com/2019/11/27/uk-film-director-drives-to-donbas-to-film-war-spends-almost-a-year-there/ https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/derbyshire-filmmaker-travels-war-torn-2901725