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Films & Schedules - HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA

HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 5:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA

DIRECTOR: Dmitry Vasyukov, Werner Herzog - GERMANY

“Paradise on earth? Through writer and narrator Werner Herzog’s lens, that is what Bakhtia, a village on the river Yenisei in Russia’s far north might seem like in this breathtaking, rich, and frequently funny documentary. He and first-time director Vasyukov capture the local people—nearly always in companionship with their dogs—making their own tools, trapping sable, felling trees to build boats, fishing, harvesting food, and holding ceremonies for the turning of the seasons. Sharing their perspectives on greed, war, and mortality, as Herzog notes: They live off the land and are self-reliant, truly free. … No rules, no taxes, no government, no laws, no bureaucracy, no phones, no radio, equipped only with their individual values and standard of conduct.”—Telluride Film Festival (90 mins.)

Selected Documentary Filmography: Land of Silence and Darkness (71), La Soufrière (77), Lessons of Darkness (92), Grizzly Man (05), Cave of Forgotten Dreams (10)

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Interests: German Language, Documentary.

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