Jon, the sami 52' & 77' by Corto Fajal


Jon and his family live in Northern Scandinavia, above the Arctic Circle. He is a reindeer breeder and belongs to the Sami people, a semi-nomadic community.

For an entire year, Corto Fajal, the film director, follows the migration of Jon’s community and its 15 000 reindeers across the breathtaking landscapes of the Sarek Mountains.

Taken by the apparent harmony of Jon’s daily life, the director wonders about the fragility of this lifestyle and its paradoxes. Samis search for a balance between life in nature and the comfort brought by technology. While this modernization eases their nomadism, it weakens the autonomy of their community.

Beyond the portrait of an exotic lifestyle, this film is an authentic testimony to a fragile existence. With lucidity and humility, Jon gives his voice to the camera to share with us his joys and love of nature but also his doubts about the future of his culture and community.


PRODUCTION: Arwestud films / Aligal Productions / TV Rennes 35

Director: Corto Fajal

Genre: Human Stories

Available versions: French, English


  • Jon, the Sami - Le Figaro.fr - September 2011
  • Jon, the Sami - L'Esprit Village - September 2011
  • Jon, le Sami - Le Républicain Lorrain - September 2011
  • Jon, le Sami - Var Matin - September 2011


Film Festival of Graz (Austria)
Caméra Alpine d'Or Prize
Ethnographical Film Festival (France)
Official Selection
Doc Ouest (France)
Official Selection
International Countryside Films Festival (France)
Grand Prix Jury Award
Artic International Film Festival of Mourmansk (Russia)
Best photography
International Mountain Film Festival of Autrans (France)
Jury's Special Mention

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