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Happy People: A Year in the Taiga -- Deep in the Siberian wilderness, a mere 300 people inhabit the village of Bakhtia. It can only be reached in two ways: boat and helicopter. Co-directed by Werner Herzog, Happy People tells the incredible story of a society untouched by modernity.
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga -- A documentary about the indigenous people living in Bakhtia, the heart of the Siberian Taiga - some 300 villagers whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, and who live according to their own values and cultural traditions.


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December 2011 (Belgium) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Werner Herzog ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nikolay Nikiforovitch Siniaev ... Himself
Gennady Soloviev ... Himself
Anatoly Tarkovsky ... Himself

Directed by
Werner Herzog 
Dmitry Vasyukov 
Writing credits
Werner Herzog (written by) &
Dmitry Vasyukov (written by) &
Rudolph Herzog (written by)

Produced by
Klaus Badelt .... executive producer
Timur Bekmambetov .... executive producer
Yanko Damboulev .... executive producer
Christoph Fisser .... producer
Werner Herzog .... executive producer
Robyn Klein .... associate producer
Thomas Nickel .... co-producer
Vladimir Perepelkin .... producer
Nick N. Raslan .... producer (as Nick Raslan)
Charlie Woebcken .... producer
Original Music by
Klaus Badelt 
Cinematography by
Alexey Matveev (director of photography)
Arthur Sibirski (director of photography)
Gleb Stepanov (director of photography)
Michael Tarkovsky (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joe Bini (international version)
Maxim Perepelkin 
Alexey Stanevich 
Dmitry Vasyukov 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rostislav Zazulsky .... assistant director
Sound Department
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Getty .... supervising sound editor
Roland Kazaryan .... sound editor
Andy Koyama .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Nanaumi .... assistant sound editor
Mark Petersen .... sound effects editor
Iliya Selikhov .... sound editor
Fred Peck III .... re-recordist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dmitry Borkovec .... air photography
Roman Fedoruk .... air photography
Vladimir Konakov .... air photography
Alexey Matveev .... underwater photography
Editorial Department
Reza Amidi .... digital conform
Music Department
Christopher Brooks .... score co-producer
Christopher Carmichael .... composer: additional music
Simone de Leuw .... score production manager
Daniel Rojas .... score technical advisor
Seth Woodard .... score technical assistant
Other crew
Andrey Filtchagov .... text editor
Katja Hoerstmann .... funding coordinator
Alexander Karhu .... text editor
Yuriy Korchuganov .... legal counsel: distribution and sales
Bianca Makarewicz .... publicist
Alexander Marutyan .... text editor
Andrey Shirokov .... administrator
Valery Sukhovolsky .... administrator
Igor Travinsky .... administrator
Alexey Tsessarsky .... text editor
Eike Wolf .... publicist
Benjamin Benedetti .... post facilities manager (uncredited)

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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

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Edited from "Schastlivyye lyudi" (2007)See more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A breath of fresh air...literally, 1 July 2013
Author: adventurer_ci from United States

The documentary is following people living in the wilderness of Russia, not Soviet Union as someone had commented. Soviet Union is long gone.It is a reminder to all of us how little people need to live life in joy. I did not get an impression that people are struggling, it might seem they struggle to those who are used to the modern conveniences, which do make our lives easier, but not happier. I would not compare it to the Man vs.Wild documentary. The theme of the documentary: the purpose is life is joy, the basis of life is freedom. People are simply living in this remote part of a vast Russia and are content with their lives. This documentary is must see, a refreshing sight on the purpose of life. I would compare it to another documentary "Agafia's Taiga Life"that brings so many questions and answers about life to those who are seeking it. Sometime we just need to get away from the craziness of modern life with such documentaries to get a fresher perspective on life. It is also educational for many Americans who know very little about Russia.

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