Thursday, March 22, 2012

Happy in Siberia

Continuing my fascination will Siberia, I watched (thank you Gary) an interesting DVD documentary by Dmitry Vasyukov and Werner Herzog about a year in the life of a village called Bakhtia in the middle of the Siberian nothingness. The only way in and out is by helicopter or, at certain times of the year, boat. It followed the lives of the few inhabitants who still making a living from trapping. Typical Herzog: humans and nature in extremis. The title - Happy People - is telling. Despite the harshness, the freezing winters, the mosquito-infested summers, the dangers of bears, the lack of any creature comforts really... those portrayed in the film (if not the alcoholic ethnic minorities) genuinely seemed happy.  

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