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


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38 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Eye on the Taiga, 15 November 2010
Author: mcfloodhorse from Denver and Copenhagen

Solid and straightforward illumination of the ways in which a few fur-trappers live and work year-round in the Siberian Taiga.

Starting in Spring, we follow the stoic men on their seasonal routines in the village of Bakhtia on the Yenisei river. The utterly unique sight and sound of that big old river thawing and moving and creaking under the warm sun is totally sublime. With the onset of summer, the villagers participate in a fishing frenzy while fending off massive swarms of mosquitoes by rubbing tar all over themselves, their kids and their dogs. As autumn brings torrential rains, the water level rises and the trappers anxiously begin boating their heavy supplies into the vast forest. They begin repairing their traditional traps scattered throughout the expanse while re-constructing their personal wooden huts, which they will use as shelters along their treks through the deep snow.

Other than one hilarious moment showing an alternatively modern fishing method, most all preparations for the long and lonely winter of work in the wilderness are performed according to very old cultural traditions. The simple and skilled construction of skis, traps, canoes, and huts from natural materials is shown with a patient fascination that draws us into a culture uniquely connected to the earth.

Herzog's narration adds insight and a quirky humor to this otherwise forthright film. His patent deadpan humor -- largely deriving in his over-enunciated German accent -- and his honest admiration of these self-reliant men living off the land in total freedom from materialism and bureaucracy is refreshing, even if a bit romanticized.

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