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The Distant Barking of Dogs

This screening took place on
Friday, February 8, 2019 at 3:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre

Ten-year-old Oleg lives in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine—a warzone that often echoes with anti-aircraft fire and missile strikes. Sometimes these sounds are in the distance, while other times they’re frighteningly close. At school, Oleg learns about the bomb shelter and what to do when encountering a landmine. While many have left this dangerous area, Oleg remains with his grandmother, who has taken care of him since the death of his mother. This observational film follows a year in the life of Oleg, and emphasizes the warm bond he has with his grandmother. He also has a close friendship with his cousin Yarik, who's more disturbed by all the sudden noises—or perhaps he’s not as good as Oleg at hiding his fear. Meanwhile, the boys also find the war exciting, especially when a neighbor teaches them how to use a gun. By sticking close to Oleg, The Distant Barking of Dogs shows the effect of conflict on children. In Russian and Ukrainian with English subtitles. "It's not just about the trauma of war, or the paralysis imposed on civilians, but the ways in whcih war reproduces itself through the constant spectre of violence." - POV Magazine
  • Directed by Simon Lereng Wilmont
  • 2018, DEN/ SWE/ FIN
  • 90 minutes
  • Film Subtitled

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