Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

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Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
Happy People A Year in the Taiga poster.jpg
Directed byDmitry Vasyukov
Werner Herzog
Produced byChristoph Fisser
Nick N. Raslan
Yanko Damboulev
Carl Woebcken
Klaus Badelt
Timur Bekmambetov
Werner Herzog
Written byRudolph Herzog
Werner Herzog
Narrated byWerner Herzog
Music byKlaus Badelt
Edited byJoe Bini
Release date
  • November 2010 (2010-11)
Running time
94 minutes
Box office$338,987[1]

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga is a 2010 documentary film directed by Werner Herzog and Dmitry Vasyukov and produced by Herzog.[2] The film depicts the life of the people in the village of Bakhta (62°27′52″N 89°00′08″E / 62.464463°N 89.002168°E / 62.464463; 89.002168) at the confluence of the Yenisei and the Bakhta River, in the Siberian taiga. In particular, it focuses on the Russian trappers who hunt for fur animals, such as sable, depicting their cyclical, self-reliant life dealing with the subarctic climate and geographic isolation. It also briefly detours to a look at the life of native Ket people. The footage in the documentary was edited from a previous television work by Vasyukov, with original production and voiceovers by Herzog.[3]

The film premiered in Germany in November 2010, had its United States premiere at the 2010 Telluride Film Festival, and the U.S. West Coast premiere on 6 March 2011 at the San Francisco Green Film Festival.[4] It received generally positive reviews from critics.[5][6]


As of April 2020, the original 4-part film can be found on Dmitry's YouTube channel under his Russian name Дмитрий Васюков. It is narrated in Russian. It is also available in its original English narration by Werner Herzog on YouTube and Netflix.


  1. ^ https://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=happypeople.htm
  2. ^ "Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  3. ^ "Siberian Hunters in Their Element", The New York Times, January 24, 2013
  4. ^ "SF Green Film Festival website". Archived from the original on 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-02-22.
  5. ^ https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/happy_people_a_year_in_the_taiga
  6. ^ https://www.metacritic.com/movie/happy-people-a-year-in-the-taiga

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