The Distant Barking of Dogs

POV Season 32
  • Feature Film
  • 2019
  • 60 Mins

The Distant Barking of Dogs follows the life of 10-year-old Ukrainian boy Oleg over a year, witnessing the gradual erosion of his innocence beneath the pressures of the on-going war in Eastern Ukraine. Having no other place to go, Oleg and his grandmother Alexandra stay and watch as others leave the village, showing just how crucial—and fragile—family is for survival. Shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature for the 91st Academy Awards.

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Film Credits

  • Simon Lereng Wilmont DirectorDBOD_director_Simon_Lereng_Wilmont.jpg
  • Monica Hellström ProducerDBOD_producer_Monica_Hellstrom.tiff

Critical Acclaim

The Distant Barking of Dogs deftly weaves a precise coming-of-age narrative into its morally urgent anti-war tableau.

Guy Lodge, Variety

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