Directed by Werner Herzog and Dmitry Vasyukov
90 min | 2010 | Germany | Not Rated
*Post-film discussion with University of Utah Anthropology Associate Professor Rick Paine.
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In Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, Werner Herzog takes viewers on yet another unforgettable journey into remote and extreme natural landscape. The acclaimed filmmaker presents this visually stunning documentary about the people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga. Deep in the wilderness, far away from civilization, 300 people inhabit the small village of Bakhtia at the Yenisei River. There are only two ways to reach this outpost: by helicopter or boat. There‘s no telephone, running water, or medical aid. The locals, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, live according to their own values and cultural traditions. With insightful commentary written and narrated by Herzog, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga follows a Siberian trapper through all four seasons of the year to tell the story of a culture virtually untouched by modernity.