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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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Cast

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

Germany

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

15 November 2012 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Gent feliç. Un any a la taigà See more »

Filming Locations:

Bakhta Village, Siberia, Russia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,481, 27 January 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$337,497, 2 June 2013
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Studio Babelsberg See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Himself - Narrator: This is the village of Bakhtia In Siberia. Although it looks like winter to us, it's already spring here. The village is located In the heart of Siberia, and we should keep in mind that this colossal landmass is one and a half times the size of the United States. The endless wilderness that surrounds this place is known as the taiga. No roads or train lines traverse it. There are only two ways to reach this outpost - one is by helicopter, the other by boat. The expanse in the ...
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A breath of fresh air...literally
1 July 2013 | by adventurer_ciSee all my reviews

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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