The Distant Barking of Dogs

International Feature

Amsterdam Int. Doc. Film Festival 2017 - Winner First Appearance Award

San Francisco Int. Film Festival 2018 - Golden Gate Award

This intimately filmed documentary follows a year in the life of Oleg, a 10-year-old boy who lives with his devoted grandmother in a small and largely unoccupied village on the frontline of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. As the war progresses, its impact on Oleg is carefully observed, his childish innocence starting to wear thin in the face of the daily violence and low-level terror. The result is a moving, thought-provoking, and discomforting rejoinder to the larger political narrative, with director Simon Lereng Wilmont granting his protagonists a degree of agency that is not always present in documentary films.  The Distant Barking of Dogs won the prize for best documentary at San Francisco International Film Festival, as well as the prize for best first feature at Amsterdam

Cape Town
Labia 1
Sun 3 June / 7.30pm
Labia 1
Sun 10 June / 7.45pm
V&A 6
Thu 7 June / 6.15pm
Wed 6 June / 6.45pm
Simon Lereng Wilmont
91 minutes