• Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010)

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Release Date: January 25th, 2013

DVD Release Date: April 23rd, 2013

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 34 min

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

Director: Dmitry Vasyukov

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Studio Babelsberg

Distributors: Music Box

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  • 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

  • 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

  • Like "Grizzly Man," Herzog's latest documentary, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga is mostly built around another filmmaker's priceless footage. show more

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