Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
Life in the Siberian Wilderness

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga - Life in the Siberian Wilderness
Show More

Comments (6)

Anonymous picture

Fascinating and beautiful. I do wonder about the lives of the village's women who are barely pictured; I imagine they have stories to tell, too.

Anonymous picture

Talk about resourceful, these people live off the land in ways we can only imagine. Skilled craftsman, avid hunters and fisherman, what's not to admire of such strong, hardworking people.

Anonymous picture

Herzog is not reluctant to romanticize a way of life that is deeply traditional and by necessity of geography and remoteness one of resourcefulness and simplicity. There is a strain of championing pre-modernism for its contrariness to contemporary living that feels reductive. But you could ...Read more

Anonymous picture

Beautiful film of a way of life that remains connected to the earth.

Anonymous picture

Stunning scenery and sobering look at life in remote Russia. I heard reviewers debate whether they felt sorry for the Siberian fur trappers or whether they celebrated the simplicity of the life. It's certainly interesting to see life without all the materialistic comforts we have, and ...Read more

Anonymous picture

An intimate look into the challenging lifestyle of families of fur trappers leaving deep in the Siberian taiga. Beautifully filmed, and a very real portrayal of these honest and hard-working men.

Related videos

Returning Souls - Connection with Ancestors in Taiwan
The carved pillars of the matrilineal Amis tribe's famed ancestral house recount tribal legends such as The Great Flood and The Glowing Girl, and are home to the ancestral spirits of the Amis. The pillars, however, were removed from the village for exhibition in Taiwan's Institute of Ethnology Museum after…
Running Out of Time
In many ways the heart of indigenous India, mineral-rich Jharkhand is and has been at the core of India's industrial development after independence. There, the indigenous Adivasi people have borne the brunt of what is arguably India's most fundamental developmental conflict, which has pushed them to the verge of extinction…
Releasing the Spirits: A Village Cremation in Bali
Cremation rites are the most elaborate rites of passage performed by Balinese householders. Poor families may wait years before accumulating enough resources to cremate their dead, who are buried in the meantime. In 1978 many more cremations than usual were carried out because of the great purification cermony, Eka Dasa…
Ngaben: Emotion and Restraint in a Balinese Heart
The Balinese cremation ceremony, or ngaben, has primarily been known in the West as either a major tourist attraction that dazzles visitors with the splendor, intricacy, and drama of its performance, or as fodder for long-standing anthropological arguments about personhood and emotion on the island that debated whether or not…
Sailing a Sinking Sea: Exploring the Culture of the Moken People
Sailing a Sinking Sea is a feature-length experimental documentary exploring the culture of the Moken people of Burma and Thailand. The Moken are a seafaring community and one of the smallest ethnic minority groups in Asia, traditionally spending eight months out of the year in thatch-roofed wooden boats. Wholly reliant…
We Know How To Do These Things: Birth In a Newar Village
For these villagers, giving birth is a family affair; while a young girl is in labor, the birth attendant, mother and mother-in-law alternate between lending a hand and story telling. Barbara Johnson studied documentary film and photography with Jerry Liebling and Elaine Mayes at Hampshire College from 1970-1974. She began…
The Goddess and the Computer
For centuries, rice farmers on the island of Bali have taken great care not to offend Dewi Danu, the water goddess who dwells in the crater lake near the peak of Batur volcano. Toward the end of each rainy season, the farmers send representatives to Ulun Danu Batur, the temple…
The Akha Way
For over a thousand years, the Akha people have inhabited the hills of Asia -- mainly Southern China, Burma and Northern Thailand. The Akha Way or Akhazaunh, is the code by which they live. This documentary describes their origins and their culture. It contains extraordinary footage of a shaman healing…
Ancient Futures: Learning From Ladakh
How we can learn about ecological solutions from an ancient culture? Ladakh, or Little Tibet, is a wildly beautiful desert land high in the western Himalayas. It is a place of few resources and an extreme climate. Yet, for more than a thousand years, it has been home to a…
The Feast in Dream Village
The eastern Indonesian island of Sumba is the last island in the Malay archipelago where the majority of the people still follow their ancestral religion, called marapu. This film, shot in 1986, focuses on a challenge to the authority of the spirits and ancestors in a village ritual to restore…
The Love Market
In the highlands of North Vietnam lies the remote town of Sapa, home to a mosaic of colourful hill tribes. Sapa opened to tourism in the late 1990s, and now roughly 200 hill tribe girls aged 7 - 18 years live independently on the streets of Sapa selling embroidery. Australian…
Himalayan Herders
Himalayan Herders is an intimate portrait of a temple-village in the Yolmo valley of Central Nepal where Tibetan Buddhists consult shamans, married life begins by kidnapping the bride, and the nearest road is a two-day walk away. The community drama of marriage, death, and rituals is juxtaposed with the rich…