Welcome to the Smiling Coast offers a rare insight into the lives of fifteen West-African youngsters moving within the bounds of the Gambian tourism industry of sun, sea and sex. Capturing their daily struggles for survival, this documentary puts a human and positive face on the informal economy behind the glitter of the Smiling Coast of West Africa. With the lure of a better future just around the corner, do they try their luck abroad or find their peace at home?
Director & Postproduction: Bas Ackermann
Producer & Script editor: Emiel Martens
Ass. Director: Danny Akker
Camera: Bas Ackermann, Danny Akker, Frits Marchand, Alhagie Manka