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Plot Summary
Indigenous people on the Siberian Taiga live in a village on the river Yenisei.

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Director: Dmitry Vasyukov

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Music Box

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010)

Release Date: January 25th, 2013|1 hr. 34 min.

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  • There is indeed much beauty on display, from the icy Taiga landscape to the age-old trapping techniques passed on through generations. But this does feel like a lesser Herzog project (he joined on after it was shot). For viewers who don't share his awe, a short film probably would have sufficed. show more

  • While the original version's four hours might have made for wearisome viewing for Western audiences, Herzog's 94-minute cut feels just right, fully immersing us in this rarified world without lapsing into tedium. show more

  • At bottom, though, Happy People celebrates the hard-won freedoms that living in the Taiga offers those who are willing to confront its challenges. There are few places on the planet where the strictures of society don't apply, and the trade-off for fending off bears and minus-50-degree weather is the opportunity to lead a pure, solitary life. show more

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  • July 04, 2013 paulgoebertp
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    one of the best and most uplifting documentaries I have ever seen

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