Recommended Movie: “Happy People: A Year in the Taiga”

HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA takes viewers on an unforgettable journey into remote and extreme natural landscapes. The acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog presents this visually stunning documentary about indigenous people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga.

Deep in the wilderness, far away from civilization, 300 people inhabit the small village of Bakhtia at the river Yenisei. There are only two ways to reach this outpost: by helicopter or boat. There’s no telephone, running water or medical aid. The locals, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, live according to their own values and cultural traditions. With insightful commentary written and narrated by Herzog, the documentary follows one of the Siberian trappers through all four seasons of the year to tell the story of a culture virtually untouched by modernity. Werner Herzog’s distinguished filmography includes documentaries such as Grizzly Man, Encounters at the End of the World, and Cave of Forgotten Dreams. For more information, click here.

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