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The Distant Barking of Dogs


THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS is set in Eastern Ukraine on the frontline of the war. Oleg lives with his beloved grandmother, Alexandra, in the small village of Hnutove. Having no other place to go, Oleg and Alexandra stay and watch as others leave the village. Life becomes increasingly difficult with each passing day, and the war offers no end in sight. In this now half-deserted village where Oleg and Alexandra are the only true constants in each other’s lives, the film shows just how fragile, but crucial, close relationships are for survival.

Stand with Oleg, take action.

Oleg and the War is the children’s version of the award winning film The Distant Barking of Dogs.


  • Stand with Oleg, take action.
    Oleg and his grandmother Alexandra have been forced to leave their home in Eastern Ukraine.
    They need help to rebuild their home when it's safe to go back, and you can help them directly by donating here.

Festival Participation

  • IDFA - 2017
    World Premiere- WINNER! 1st Appearance Competiton
  • Goteborg - 2018
    WINNER- Dragon Award
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival - 2018
    WINNER- Golden Alexander
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival - 2018
    WINNER- Best Documentary, Youth Jury
  • Docudays Kiev - 2018
    WINNER- Student Jury Award
  • Hong Kong IFF - 2018
    2nd Place- Jury Prize Competition

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