The smile of the sun
An absorbing documentary about the experience of eleven Inuit people during their fascinating trip to the Canary Islands.
Four men, three women and four children between the ages of one and eight-years-old, are the main stars of this adventure on the seven Canary Islands. “The smile of the sun” is a documentary about how THE BEST CLIMATE IN THE WORLD influences the inhabitants of one of the areas with the worst climate in the world.
It was the first time they had travelled to such a far-away place and to one so different from their hamlet of just 300 inhabitants, located in the frozen expanses of Greenland, where the temperatures are extremely low almost all year round.
They are accompanied by Francesc Bailón, a Spanish anthropologist, an expert in Inuit culture, with whom they have a very close relationship due to his continuous trips to Kulusuk. The group arrived in the islands with the best climate in the world to live situations they’d never experienced before and to discover a friendly natural environment, radically different to the bitterly cold Arctic ice: to feel the caressing breeze on their faces, to touch and walk barefoot on the warm sand of the beach, to be caressed by the sea waves or, for the very first time, discover plant species such as palms and different trees forming forests, along with animals such as camels and lizards… A myriad of experiences they will never forget, recorded here on this documentary forever, in which we can see their reactions, sometimes of great surprise, and the intense emotions reflected in their faces and, above all, in their SMILES.
THE TRIP IN THREE MINUTES
Kulusuk is an isolated hamlet of 300 inhabitants located in the region of Tunu, in the east of Greenland. There, the Inuit people live in very difficult conditions, an extreme climate and a permanently frozen landscape. In fact, on the day they left for the Canary Islands, a storm was forecast and they thought the airport would be closed for some time. As a result of this, the expedition decided to charter a plane to fly them from Kulusuk to Reykjavik, in Iceland. After over 13 hours flying and 4,500 kilometres, our Inuit friends finally arrived at the place with the best climate in the world.
64 years old, drum dancer
49 years old, fisherman and hunter
45 years old, housewife
28 years old, fireman and hunter
23 years old, kindergarten employee
Niels-Ole Utuaq (Mogu)
25 years old, hunter
30 years old, housewife
8 years old
30 SECONDS OF EXCITEMENT AND EXPERIENCE
to enjoying the waves of the Atlantic
to feeling the breeze in the Canary Islands
to t-shirt and swimsuit
to feeling the warm sand
Francesc Bailón Trueba
After receiving his Degree in Cultural Anthropology (Universitat de Barcelona), in 1979 Francesc Bailón Trueba decided to carry out studies and research into the Inuit culture. He has been on twenty-one expeditions to the Arctic setting up his work camp at Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland). He is a professor and lecturer on matters relating to the Inuit people; a cultural guide to the Arctic; and Greenland product manager with the travel agency X-PLORE Viajes & Expediciones (Holidays and Expeditions). He was a consultant for the National Theatre of Catalonia during the play Groenlandia (2012) directed by Jordi Faura, and has worked as an expert on the Inuit culture in the film ‘Nobody wants the Night’ (2015) directed by Isabel Coixet. Francesc Bailón has collaborated with National Geographic and has written numerous articles about the Inuit culture, as well as the books called Los poetas del Ártico. Historias de Groenlandia (2012) and Los inuit. (The poets of the Arctic, Stories of Greenland and The Inuit People) and Cazadores del Gran Norte (2015) (Hunters of the Great North). Currently, he is considered one of the best specialists in the world in this field of work.
Founding partner and director of Goroka, Guille Cascante is responsible for the programmes Página 2 and Mapa Sonoro on Spanish National TV; El tamaño no importa on the satellite channel Canal Plus; and the programmes Cites 2.0 and Caràcter on TV3, amongst many other programmes. He has also directed the documentaries Ecos del subsuelo (TVE/RedBull), Rauxa Visual (TVE/TV3) and Palabras alrededor del mundo. He won the award for the best Spanish documentary at the Barcelona Sport Film Festival. His latest work has been carried out at Cape Horn filming a documentary for the Barcelona World Race and also in the Arctic Ocean, where he directed the documentary Latitud 80. This film includes whales, dolphins and butterflies and reflects on the idea of home based on a voyage on a yacht to the most remote areas of the Earth.