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Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
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HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA

Directed by Werner Herzog, Dmitry Vasyukov
Germany, 2010
Documentary

Synopsis

Deep in the wilderness, far away from civilization, 300 people inhabit the small village of Bakhtia in the Siberian Taiga. The locals, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, live according to their own values and cultural traditions.

Synopsis

Deep in the wilderness, far away from civilization, 300 people inhabit the small village of Bakhtia in the Siberian Taiga. The locals, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, live according to their own values and cultural traditions.

Our take

A rugged journey to the Siberian taiga, this absorbing documentary is a remarkable entry into Werner Herzog’s global explorations. Assembled by master editor Joe Bini and combined with Herzog’s marveling narration, Dmitry Vasyukov’s astonishing footage takes on a second life as ecstatic cinema.