Pit No. 8 April 22 2014 / 95 Mins/ HD
Genre: Documentary

In the heart of Ukrainian coal-mining region everybody digs – retirees, unemployed miners and even the children. Years ago, the town's desperate residents decided to start mining illegally; they excavate everywhere: in abandoned mines, under the basements of demolished buildings, in the neighborhood woods and leisure parks, as well as in their own vegetable gardens.
The story focuses on the Sikanov family, which has three children. Fifteen-year-old Yura, the grandson of once powerful Soviet plant director, puts his dreams on hold in an emotionally riveting struggle to provide for his sisters the only way possible: illegally, and perilously, mining the remaining scraps in a once-thriving Ukrainian coal town.

Cast And Crew
Producer: Marianna Kaat
Marianna Kaat was born and lives in Tallinn (Estonia). She graduated from the Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy with a PhD. Till 1991 she worked at studio Eesti Telefilm and later as a manager of the acquisition for Estonian TV. During the same time period she made her first two documentaries as a writer and director NOT ONLY OFF-SHORE and IN YOUR OWN WORDS. In 1998 Marianna founded her own production company Baltic Film Production and since then she produced and directed by her own or in cooperation with European broadcasters and production companies award-winning documentary films PIT NO 8, LOBOTOMY (dir. Y.Khashchavatski), KALINOVSKI SQUARE (dir. Y.Khashchavatski), THE LAST PHANTOMS, features AN AWSOMNE TALE (dir. R.Shirman), BOUND BY BLOOD (dir. K.Davidjants). Her documentary films are broadcasted all over the world and have quite successful festival life. Her credits include approximately 200 episodes of different television serials AUH SHOW; POST FACTUM: OUR CHOICE; ANIMAL CLINIC and CLAIM ADJUSTORS produced for several Estonian broadcasters. Marianna has been honored at MIPDOC 2009 in Cannes as the European Trailblazer. Marianna is the member of European Documentary Network (EDN); she is also the member of Estonian Producer’s Union, Estonian Film Union and Estonian Journalists Union.

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• Minsk International Film Festival Listapad, Belarus 2011: Special Jury Prize
• Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2011: Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award & The Nicholas School Environmental Award
• Hot Docs Toronto 2011: Official Selection

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