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War Before War
War Before War
The Distant Barking of Dogs
  • 90 min
  • Russian, Ukrainian
  • English
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Ten-year-old Oleg lives in the eastern part of 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. While many have already left this dangerous area, Oleg remains with his grandmother, who has taken care of him since the death of his mother. They have nowhere else to go. While waiting for the war to end, Oleg enjoys hanging out with his younger cousin Yarik and an older boy Kostia. Together they go on adventures, talk about what makes a real man, test each other’s boundaries, but sometimes they go too far. This observational film follows a year in the life of Oleg and emphasizes the warm bond he has with his grandmother. By sticking close to Oleg, The Distant Barking of Dogs shows the effect of conflict on children.
Film crew
  • Director:
    Simon Lereng Wilmont
  • Screenwriter:
    Simon Lereng Wilmont
  • Cinematographer:
    Simon Lereng Wilmont
  • Producer:
    Monica Hellström
  • Theme:
    Lifestyle, Children, Village, War, Family
  • Film studio:
    Final Cut for Real, STORY, Mouka Filmi
  • Genre:
    Drama, Essay
  • Country of action:
  • Place of action:
  • Period of action:
    2016, 2017
  • Language:
    Russian, Ukrainian
  • Subtitles:
  • Artdocfest 2018
    Grand prize
  • Artdocfest 2019
    Hors concours