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 by Dmitry Vasyukov
Werner Herzog
Produced by Christoph Fisser
Nick N. Raslan
Yanko Damboulev
Carl Woebcken
Klaus Badelt
Timur Bekmambetov
Werner Herzog
Written by Rudolph Herzog
Werner Herzog
Narrated by Werner Herzog
Music by Klaus Badelt
Edited by Joe Bini
Release date
  • November 2010 (2010-11)
Running time
94 minutes
Country Germany
Language English
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 Bakhtia (62°27′52″N 89°00′08″E / 62.464463°N 89.002168°E / 62.464463; 89.002168) along the Yenisei River in the Siberian taiga. In particular, it focuses on the trappers who hunt for fur animals, such as sable. 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 Vasuykov, 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]


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