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The Distant Barking of Dogs

a film brought to you by the WAKE UP EUROPE Festival – in Turin, across Europe and online

A European childhood in the shadow of war. The life of a 10-year-old Ukrainian is turned upside down by the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine. The WAKE UP EUROPE Festival will use this film to discuss war and peace in Europe.

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 the 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 emphasises 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.

Oleg and Yarik in water

Oleg and Yarik

Simon Lereng Wilmont – Director & Cinematographer
Monica Hellström – Producer
Michael Aaglund – Editor
Sami Jahnukainen – Co-Producer
Tobias Janson – Co-Producer
Philippa Kowarsky – Executive Producer & world sales

Final Cut for Real in co-production with Mouka Filmi, Story, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE.
Denmark 2017. 90 minutes. Ukranian with subtitles.

Festival theme: War and Peace in Europe

Not counting Russia, Ukraine is the largest country in Europe by size, and the sixth-largest by population. Not part of the EU but right at its doorstep and on the border with Russia, Ukraine’s challenges quickly became the EU’s challenges.

What has the EU been doing right and wrong there, and what should it be doing? How can new challenges in security and defence be best tackled in Europe? Why has the EU been so successful at creating lasting peace, and how can it keep doing that?

We’re very proud to be able to bring The Distant Barking of Dogs to the WAKE UP EUROPE Festival and use a personal, observational documentary film to discuss the huge theme of war and peace in Europe.

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