• A big family is going to be photographed as they visit their babushka living in an abandoned village. While they gather all together they reminisce about old times.
  • Alexey, 20 years old, is attending a village disco on his birthday. He has no plans for the future, no job, no girlfriend. He earns some money by stealing timber. 
He dreams that one day he will find a job, a girl or something else what will make sense of life for him.
  • Anna and Olga are dressed in the traditional Russian clothes of Northern regions. They sing in a local folk group and dream for more tourists to come to Kenozero.
  • Dmitry and his sister are picking up flowers at night on the Eve of Ivan Kupala, according to the old pagan rite. They say if you wish something that night it will come true. Dmitry dreams of learning to play the guitar. He wished for it that night.
  • Villagers celebrating the day of Fool Ivan (from Russian fairy tales).
  • A woman is singing a traditional Russian song (chastushka) while visiting her relatives in one of the village of Kenozero. She says she has a lot of problems but says she feels relieved while singing.
  • Tables are being set up for a wedding dinner in a village cafe. Most young people leave their native villages right after finishing school to find a better life in the nearest big town.
  • Women are cleaning a village club in an abandoned village. It is used now only 2-3 times in a year because nowdays people go there just in summer to spend their holidays.
  • A man is sitting before a bottle of home-distilled vodka. Alcohol is the usual way for many people to forget their daily cares and problems and just to dream.
  • Children are playing in a potato field in a small village of Kenozero. For some time many people have lived on subsistence farming only and depend on a good yield to live through the winter months.
  • Babushka Nastya buried her son just a month ago, her other children live far from Kenozero so she feels alone and tired, as if she had been alive too long.
  • Nikolay lives in a small abandoned village and can use his old truck only within it because all the roads have bcome overgrown in the past years. In winter only three families live there though earlier there were more than two hundreds houses. He hopes to become a real driver one day and to earn a lot of money.
  • Valentin worked as a forester in Kenozero. He had his own opinion and didn't want to adapt to his boss's one, so one day he burnt some buildings in the forest to make his point. He has since gone to prison and dreams to be free.
  • A woman holding some Ribnik, a traditional northern dish, in an abandoned village of Kenozero. Many who live here are thankful for small mercies such as enough food.
  • Maria Lopatkova is only 10 years old but in her life she's already faced injustice from her friends so in the future she dreams to be a judge and to punish them. She lives in a small town called Mirniy but spemds all the summer with her grandmother in an abandoned village where there is nobody besides them.
  • Women are weighing a piece of sausage in a local shop in Kenozero. With their salary they can't afford to do that too often.
  • A small boy takes a break while his relatives mow grass in a field. For some time a lot of people in Kenozero have lived on subsistence farming only and dream of having the appropriate weather to finish their summer work.
  • A woman with a baby carriage is standing next to a local shop in Kenozero. Most young people leave their native villages right after finishing school to find a better life in the nearest big town.
  • An old woman is lying in her house in an abandoned village. Her dream is to see her grandchildren more often because they live far from her.
  • Ribnik, a traditional nothern dish. Many who live in Kenozerto are just thankful for small mercies such as enough food.
  • Some Kenozero villages look neglected and abandoned nowdays.
  • A child rides a bicycle in a village.
  • A woman washes dishes in Kenozero lake. There is no water supply or gas lines in the village houses.
  • A small boy is waiting for the moment when he will be allowed to play outside. He has no big dreams and doesn't realize the problems that possibly await him in future.
  • People in Kenozero villages still bring in water from the lake, burn stoves, have no job but still dream of better times.