Jon the Sami Video
Jon the Sami

Sign Up NowWatch the full video - and many others - now with your Gaiam TV subscription!

Jon the Sami

Only available in Canada, United States

Reindeer breeder Jon and his family live in Northern Scandinavia with the Sami people, a semi-nomadic community above the Arctic circle. 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.

Vincent Pessogneaux, Corinne Gigon
Corto Fajal

People who watched this also watched

Join the Conversation

Login or sign upsign up to add a comment

LANIUS, posted on December 25, 2015


More From Gaia

Password is case sensitive.