The Distant Barking of Dogs



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Donate : 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.

Update: What is been accomplished with your donations till now!                    The photo is taken recently of Alexandra and kids:

Oleg, his grandmother Alexandra and the rest of the family left their home in Eastern Ukraine because of the war. They went to Mariupol, where they thought they would be safe, but they ended up spending more than a month in a city under siege. 

When it was finally possible for them to leave Mariupol, the donations from you all via platform ShareDotDoc made it possible for them to pay for the trip and to find a new place to live.

They are now living in a village in the central part of Ukraine, far from the war zone.  They say that mostly they enjoy the silence, complete village silence, without any shooting or bombing sounds. They still can't believe that they survived and escaped occupied Mariupol. Oleg and his cousin Yarik signed up for a new school.

Both are so happy that the teachers, kids, and neighbors in their new village are very kind to their families. 

The charitable foundation Voices of Children provides the whole family with therapy. 4 of their psychologists visit the family every week. The family feels much better than before, but they still have so many bad memories about their more than 1 month surviving in occupied Mariupol.

Thank you all a 1000 times ! Simon Lereng Wilmont



Ten-year-old Oleg lives in the Donetsk region of eastern 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. At school, Oleg learns about the bomb shelter and what to do when encountering a landmine. While many have left this dangerous area, Oleg remains with his grandmother, who has taken care of him since the death of his mother. This observational film follows a year in the life of Oleg, and emphasizes the warm bond he has with his grandmother. He also has a close friendship with his cousin Yarik, who's more disturbed by all the sudden noises—or perhaps he’s not as good as Oleg at hiding his fear. Meanwhile, the boys also find the war exciting, especially when a neighbor teaches them how to use a gun. By sticking close to Oleg, The Distant Barking of Dogs shows the effect of conflict on children.

Director: Simon Lereng Wilmont


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