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A Documentary about a Boy from Donbas Won a Prize at a Film Festival in the USA

A film about a 10-year-old boy from Donbas, who lives next to the front line, received an award at a prestigious American film festival.

The documentary about the boy from Donbass "The Distant Barking of Dogs" won at the film festival in San Francisco, USA. The film received the Golden Gate Award. About this on his Facebook page reported film director Simon Lehring Wilmont.

San Francisco International Film Festival is among the longest running film festivals in America, every spring for two weeks, directors from over 50 countries present their films. The festival highlights current trends in international film and video production.

For the victory in the festival, the creators of the movie "The Distant Barking of Dogs" will receive a prize of 10 thousand dollars.

Members of the jury described the tape as "remarkable, exquisite and unforgettable".

The events in the film is set in Eastern Ukraine on the frontline of the war. The film follows the life of 10-year-old Ukrainian boy Oleg throughout a year, witnessing the gradual erosion of his innocence beneath the pressures of war. Oleg lives with his beloved grandmother, Alexandra, in the small village of Hnutove. Having no other place to go, Oleg and Alexandra stay and watch as others leave the village. Life becomes increasingly difficult with each passing day, and the war offers no end in sight. In this now half-deserted village where Oleg and Alexandra are the only true constants in each other's lives, the film shows just how fragile, but crucial, close relationships are for survival. Through Oleg's perspective, the film examines what it means to grow up in a war zone. It portrays how a child's universal struggle to discover what the world is about grows interlaced with all the dangers and challenges the war presents

The film is a joint project of Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. Work on it lasted from 2015 to 2017.

Earlier the band was awarded the award for the best debut at the festival of documentary films IDFA in Amsterdam (Netherlands) and the prize of The Dragon Award for Best Nordic Dox in Gothenburg (Sweden).