Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

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Happy People: A Year in the Taiga


April 19, 2013 06:00pm-09:00pm


Doris Duke Theatre

Event Information:

Reception: 6-7:30pm. Screening: 7:30pm.
$15 | $12 members

Directed by Werner Herzog and Dmitry Vasyukov. Germany, 2010, 90 mins. In Russian and English with English subtitles. Hawaiʻi Premiere

Rogue director Werner Herzog takes viewers on yet another epic journey into a remote and extreme natural landscape—this time to the heart of the Siberian Taiga. Deep in the wilderness, far from civilization, on the Yenisei River is the tiny village of Bakhtia, home to 300 people. 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 changed little over the centuries, live according to their own values and cultural traditions. With insightful commentary written and narrated by Herzog, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga follows one of the Siberian trappers through four seasons to tell the story of a culture virtually untouched by modernity. Winner: Earth Grand Prix - Special Award, Tokyo International Film Festival. Official Selection - Telluride Film Festival, Vancouver Film Festival

Special guest speaker: Dr. Christina Gerhardt, assistant professor of German at the University of Hawaiʻi–Mānoa, will introduce the film at 7:30pm and lead a post-screening Q+A.

Special thanks to FFF presenting sponsor Louis Vuitton.

Make it dinner and a movie: At the pre-screening reception, 6-7:30pm, you can purchase plates of global cuisine (Egyptian chicken, Thai curries, lamb kebabs) from Da Spot. Ticket price includes a glass of wine or soda.

View the trailer.