The Distant Barking of Dogs

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Oleg, a10-year-old Ukrainian boy, lives in a warzone that often echoes with anti-aircraft fire and missile strikes. While many have already left this dangerous area, Oleg stays with his grandmother, who has taken care of him since his mother died. Powerless, and with nowhere else to go, they wait patiently…

Oleg enjoys hanging out with his younger cousin Yarik and his neighbour Kostia. Together they go on adventures while testing their own boundaries. Through Oleg’s perspective, the film examines what it means to grow up in a warzone, and a child’s struggle to discover what the world is about while living amongst the dangers and challenges of a war.


The Distant Barking of Dogs is Simon Lereng Wilmont’s fourth film with Final Cut for Real. Simon graduated as a documentary film director from The National Danish Film School in 2009. The projects he worked on during his time in film school got him international recognition and awards. His previous films The Fencing Champion (2014) and ChikaraThe Sumo Wrestler’s Son (2013) both premiered at IDFA, won the Jury Award for Medium-length Documentary and Best Short Children Documentary Award at Al Jazeera Film Festival 2015, and they have since been screened at a number of international film festivals and sold to TV stations around the world.


  • IDFA, The Netherlands 2017. First Appearance Award
  • ZagrebDox, Croatia 2018
  • Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival, Canada 2017
  • Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival, Finland 2018
  • Against Gravity, Poland 2018
  • Best film at CineDoc Tbilisi, Georgia, 2018 
The Distant Barking of Dogs | Edition 2018, Official Section - Panorama

The Distant Barking of Dogs

Simon Lereng Wilmont

Denmark (2017)



Language: Ukrainian