11th Watch Docs
December 8 - 18, 2011
Warsaw / Poland
The 2011 Watch Docs competition featured 19 outstanding human rights documentaries produced in 2010 / 2011. The international jury – Klara Grunning-Harris, Hana Kulhankova, Marc Isaacs, and Paweł Łoziński, decided to award Special Flight by Fernand Melgar as the Best Film of the festival. In addition, the jury awarded two Special Mentions to The Collaborator and his Family by Ruthie Shatz and Adi Barash as well as Pit No. 8 by Marianna Kaat. Belarusian Dream by Ekatarina Kibalchich received the Audience Award of this year’s Watch Docs Festival.
Pit No. 8 was pitched at East European Forum 2008, and presented at Doc Launch 2010. In 2010, it was included in the East Silver Caravan and nominated for the Silver Eye Award. In October 2010, Estonian filmmaker Marianna Kaat hosted a case study on Pit No. 8 at the East European Forum and discussed the film in an interview.
International Competition - Special Mention
Auk Nr 8 , Estonia, Russia, 2010, 95 min, HD, Creative, Personal View, Social Issues
In the heart of a once thriving 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!!! The story focuses on the Sikanov family, which has three children. 15-year-old Yura, the grandson of a powerful Soviet plant director, is the head of the family working as a miner in the illegal pit. Most Jura wants to run his own cafe somewhere far from home, but the responsibility for the two sisters and looming economic crisis pushes his dreams in the distant future.
Read more about Watch Docs here.
Cronograf – 8 Caravan Titles in Competition
Docu Talents 2010 to Showcase 9 Upcoming Docs
Film of the Week: Pit No. 8
Katka and Pit No. 8 at Mexico's DOCSDF
Pit No. 8 Awarded at Full Frame
Pit No. 8 Won the Silver Nanook Award at Flahertiana
Sundance and the Pit - Interview with Rahdi Taylor
Turning a Blind Eye - Interview with Marianna Kaat