Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

A film by Werner Herzog, Dmitry Vasyukov

Werner Herzog presents this visually stunning documentary about the life of indigenous people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga.

With commentary written and narrated by Werner Herzog, the camera follows a trapper through all four seasons of a year. Siberia extends from Ural to the Pacific and is one and a half times the size of the USA. 38 million people live in this giant area, the majority of them in the prosperous south.

In the heart of the Siberian wilderness, deep in the taiga and far away from civilization, 300 people inhabit a small village Bakhtia at the river Yenisei. There are only two ways to reach this outpost: one is by helicopter, the other by boat. Here, deep in the wilderness, there is no telephone available, nor running water or medical aid. The people are on their own. The natives, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, keep living their lives according to their own cultural traditions. If human civilization was destroyed, they would survive, thanks to the knowledge of their forefathers.

***1/2 (out of 4) —Bruce DeMara

 

Technical Information

Production Year
2010
Country of Production
Germany
Languages
English, Russian
Running Time
90 mins

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