multimedia project "Opening Russia"
Those Who Captured Our Attention in the "Window to Europe"
The multimedia photo exhibition and the premiere screening of a documentary film about the dwellers of the Leningrad Region - the result of the work of an international team, which included digital journalists, documentary filmmakers, photographers and bloggers, were presented in Vyborg as part of the XXIX Russian Film Festival "Window to Europe".
August 27 in the Alvar Aalto Vyborg Library the presentation of the international multimedia project "Opening Russia" took place. The exposition includes works by Russian and foreign authors. To reveal the images of the heroes, a QR-code is located on each photo, which allows guests to view the video story, which is part of the large documentary "Those Who Captured Our Attention". The duration of each fragment is 1.5 minutes. A total of 89 works are presented at the exhibition, although in reality there are many more.

Photo by
Vil Ravilov (Prokopyevsk, Russia)
The project team included representatives of the media sphere from Russia, Poland, Serbia, Italy, Spain, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, Armenia and France. The shooting process took place on the territory of the Leningrad region in such cities as: Staraya Ladoga, Gatchina, Shlisselburg, Kingisepp, Vsevolozhsk, Tosno, Vyborg, Siversky settlement. With the help of a common goal and unity of interests, TV journalists, photographers and bloggers, who came to Russia from 10 countries, reached complete mutual understanding and became members of one friendly team.
Tap on the photos to find out more information about the characters from the Leningrad region
Tap on the photos to find out more information about the characters from the Leningrad region
"With the example of our project, it becomes clearly visible how representatives of different cultures, despite complex international relations, follow a common goal," says the project leader Ashot Dzhazoyan.

"The most important thing is that after its completion our foreign colleagues will be able to share their feelings with their audience. It will certainly help in overcoming the stereotypes that are created around the country when you do not know it. They discovered Russia for what it is."
The exhibition was attended by the Governor of the Leningrad Region Alexander Drozdenko. Stopping near the photographs, the governor made small remarks about the characters he recognized. Drozdenko noted that the characters describing the Leningrad Region are very different, ranging from people working on the ground and ending with representatives of creative professions. This fact, of course, makes him very happy.
On the same day, the Vyborg-Palace cinema hosted the premiere screening of the documentary "Those Who Captured Our Attention". The work on the documentary was also carried out within the framework of the unique multimedia project "Opening Russia".

"The idea of the project and its realization is an absolute success of the Mediacongress "Commonwealth of Journalists" and the Presidential Grants Foundation, which supported its implementation," said project leader Ashot Dzhazoyan.

"Those Who Captured Our Attention" trailer
For two weeks, an international film crew from ten countries collected stories of people living in the Leningrad region.

"The shooting took place in a very emotional atmosphere. Despite the fact that the participants spoke different languages, they worked harmoniously and tried to support each other in everything. The return was felt from the side of the characters, they trusted the film crew and frankly told their stories, without embellishment, says Ashot Dzhazoyan.

"It was a really sincere conversation, and this is precisely the basis of this documentary film," Ashot Dzhazoyan highlighted.
The title of the film reflects its essence in the best possible way. "Those Who Captured Our Attention" are the characters that the film crew liked. These are people with amazing fates who live and work on the Leningrad land. Everyone is interesting and unique in its own way, but one thing unites them — love for the place where they live and work.

"It seems like a sketch, but it turned out to be a film that took the soul and told about our region with the words of the heroes living on the Leningrad land. We are one big Leningrad family and we are proud to live and work here," said Alexander Drozdenko after watching the film.

The Governor noted that the film was made with love and thanked Ashot Dzhazoyan for his contribution to the common cause.