Our daily struggle to progress in our careers and earn money to spend on things we don’t need pales in comparison to daily lives of the people of Bakhta in the Russian Siberian Taiga. Renowned documentary filmmaker and director Werner Herzog presented Happy People: A Year in the Taiga. Originally a TV miniseries created by Dmitry Vasyukov lasting 4 hours, Werner Herzog edited it into a shorter release and provided his trademark German accented narration.
Covering the lives of trappers and inhabitants in a remote village deep in the Siberian Taiga, the documentary considers their daily routines through four seasons as they prepare for the winter to come. For them it is normal but for the rest of us living in this sort of environment would be unimaginable. As always, Werner Herzog, philosophizes why the struggle for survival and isolation in the winter months makes them happy people.
This documentary is the perfect thing to put on when you feel the rat race of urban life is getting a bit too much for you. Escape into the Siberian Taiga for 94 minutes and discover that happiness can come from very little.
IMDB gave it a 7.8/10. Check out the trailer below.