The first World war was a tragedy that became a series of severe tests for the Russian people: revolution, civil war, famine, political repression, world war II. And all this fell to the lot of one generation of people. What courage and patience did these people have to have to survive all the upheavals of the twentieth century? What was their character? What must they have thought and felt? These questions are asked by the authors of the film "Russian youth". The film tells the story of a simple village boy who goes to the front of the First world war with a naive youthful dream of glory and medals. In the first battle, he loses his sight. He was left in the role of a listener-he must listen carefully through huge metal funnels and raise the alarm in case of approaching enemy aircraft.