In the town of Varna, Bulgaria, an idyllic public pool by sea, affectionately referred to as ‘the pit’ by regular bathers, is under threat of closure. Hristiana Raykova’s observational study of the characters that frequent the pit – taxi driver Dimtscho, retired musician Alexander, caretaker Genadi and Bobi, a homeless man – is a touching study of a diverse community on the edge of Europe where a traditional way of life is coming to an end. Raykova creates a human mosaic of personal and political stories, conflicts and debate which coheres into a multifaceted whole.
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Screening as part of the IFI Documentary Festival 2019, 25th – 29th September. Full details here.