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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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A sincere documentary about something real See more (23 total) »


  (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 .... re-recording mixer
Robert Getty .... supervising sound editor
Roland Kazaryan .... sound editor
Andy Koyama .... 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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24 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A sincere documentary about something real, 5 October 2012
Author: SpiritFilms from Canada

If you like Werner Herzog then this film won't disappoint. His style is simple, honest and transparent. He gives you a clear sense of the reality of what most people would perceive to be a harsh way of life in the Russian Taiga. We see humans who are connected to the cycles of nature, to the animals, the forest and to their traditions. There is a quiet wisdom and deep joy in this way of life and the film serves as a powerful contrast to virtually every other piece of media being made today. The film is like poem to a way of life that now seems like a distant dream. It is beautifully shot, with vignettes that look like they are living paintings; Russian characters from the time of Tolstoy or Dostoyevesky.

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