HARMONY – UK, Russia, 71′ 2018
Director: Frederick Paxton
producer: Maria Babikova
Half documentary, half visual art, Harmony shows the contrasts in hyper-masculine and feminine ideals put on young people in Russia through the paradigms and preconceptions of the country’s most prominent sports: ice hockey and rhythmic gymnastics.
Frederick Paxton is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, photographer and artist currently based in London. After graduating with honours from New York’s School of Visual Arts, he quickly established himself and captured a broad body of work.
Whether in conflict zones like Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and the Central African Republic or North Korea, Russia and Europe’s periphery, there is a consistent arc of Paxton’s work: capturing the intersections and boundaries that help reveal so much about humanity.