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Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010)

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A documentary depicting the life and work of the trappers of Bakhtia, a village in the heart of the Siberian Taiga, where daily life has changed little in over a century.

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In the center of the story is the life of the indigenous people of the village Bakhtia at the river Yenisei in the Siberian Taiga. The camera follows the protagonists in the village over a period of a year. The natives, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, keep living their lives according to their own cultural traditions. The expressive pictures are accompanied by original sound bites quoting the villagers. Written by Eike Wolf / Head of Corporate Communications, Studio Babelsberg

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Gent feliç. Un any a la taigà  »

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2 January 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Went back to it a couple of times and marvelled at the ease of life for these simple folks in an otherwise demanding climate. The title did it complete justice too if you think about it, none of the trappings ( pardon the pun ) of modern society with stupid electronics and rush hours and conveniences and distractions. Seems to me there's a huge lesson in this documentary as it pertains to that very thing. Stay simple and work hard every day, at one with nature, and the land will provide. Sign me up. You'll marvel at the beauty of the landscape and the rugged danger of the incredible wilderness these people call home. Give it a try and let Werner Herzog captivate you with that Schwarzeneggarian dialogue too! LOL


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