LETTER TO DESCENDANTS
Message-film created by means of children's faces and voices, not ink. Girls and boys speak easily and naturally about their homeland and peace on the planet.
You feel a child's emotion in every spoken word, in every second of silence, so that the "communistic smug" dissolves in intimate and sincere attitude of the children.
A new type of message addressed to the audience is created by means of the language of the cinema. Even though there are no more Pioneers not Octobrists, schools still exist. There is no more socialism, but there is capitalism. What is better? No one knows. But everyone is sure that good deeds make this world a better place. Therefore, we need to believe that we can be kinder. We can plant a tree or help a person in trouble.
Filming took place in St. Petersburg. Project was created with the support of cultural and educational budget organizations: the Fontanka-32 Children's Art House, the Wednesday Youth Center, the school-museum No. 321, the Angleterre cinema. 510 schoolchildren and military cadets and students took part in the project.
IF THE PROJECT FINDS A RESPONSE IN THE SOUL OF A PERSON, THEN IT IS NECESSARY TO PROCEED WITH ITS IMPLEMENTATION
How did you come up with this idea?
The idea came up during filming classes. At the beginning of the academic year, I promised to the students that we would make a documentary with their participation. Then I forgot about it. In December, they reminded me of it. That day, I had the Pioneer organizations, the Komsomol and their messages to the descendants on my mind. I suggested that my students write a letter to their descendants, taking present-day opportunities into account. To make a video instead of using a pen, so that in the future, our message could be seen on the Internet. Children took a seat in front of me and the camera one by one. I asked them: "What would you like to tell to your descendants?". Students gave sincere and interesting answers.
What was the most difficult thing in your project?
510 children and teenagers from 7 to 18 years old participated in the filming. It took more than 200 days to make the video. Then there was a long period of editing. Dynamics of the film was achieved by a certain sequence of responses. One topic smoothly passed to another. Children discussed a lot of interesting issues.
How can you understand if the project is worth making?
If the project finds a response in the soul of a person, then it is necessary to proceed with its implementation. The author must be brave, ready to take responsibility and guided by moral and ethical norms. If basic principle is like that, projects should awaken good and bright feelings in people and carry humanistic values.