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The Distant Barking of Dogs: Discussion Guide

The Film: Participants and Key Issues

The Distant Barking of Dogs offers insight into the experiences of a young Ukrainian boy living on the frontlines of war in the village of Hnutove in eastern Ukraine. It will be of special interest to people who want to explore the following topics:

Borders

Coming of age

Conflict zones

Cultural preservation

Discrimination

Displacement

Donetsk People's Republic

Eastern Ukraine

Ethnic bias

Family

Gender

Heritage

Intergenerational caretaking

International diplomacy

Masculinity

Mental health

Migration

Military-industrial complex
Resilience

Russian foreign policy

Ukraine/crisis in Ukraine

War

War in Donbas

Youth

FILM PARTICIPANTS

Oleg – young boy living in eastern Ukraine near the border with Russia

Alexandra – grandmother and caretaker of Oleg

Yarik – Oleg’s cousin and close friend

Kostya – rebellious older friend of Oleg and Yarik

Alyona – Yarik’s mother, Oleg’s aunt and Alexandra’s daughter