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December 9

The Distant Barking of Dogs

Hosted by Human Rights Film Festival


506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada

December 9 at 3:30 PM

Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014, an armed conflict erupted in Eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government. A mile from the war zone in Donbass lies the small village of Hnutove, a home to 10-year-old boy Oleg and his cousin Yarik. Oleg, Yarik and their grandmother are among few civilians left in the village. Although Oleg does regular kids activities, his childhood is interrupted by the nonstop sound of missiles striking in the distance. On some days the sound is louder, on others – stronger. Nevertheless, Oleg and his family live in constant fear. Learning about weaponry, bomb shelters and landmines at school, Oleg’s becoming desensitized to the conflict. Or is he just good at hiding it? Shot in scenic cinema verite style, Distant Barking of Dogs reveals the tragic consequences of war on a child’s psyche.

More information and tickets

Screening with:

My Country is Missing: As a result of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, 22-year Liza moves to Canada to study. Being far from family isn’t easy, but even more difficult is seeing that people around her aren’t aware of the troubles in her country. Subtitles: Open Captions (English).

ASL interpretation. English subtitles. Relaxed screening. Quiet space available. Wheelchair accessible. Accessible seating. Transfer seats available. Accessible washroom on the main floor. Service animals are welcome. Complimentary tickets for support persons can be booked by calling 416.637.3123. Near accessible transit (bus and subway). Accessible parking nearby. More information about accessibility is available on the Human Rights Film Festival website.