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Akara sets out on a journey to Thailand in search of a secret recipe.

Drama, 7 minutes, Thailand

Akara returns to Thailand after a life in England with his grandmother. Gravely ill, she has asked Akara to bring her the original recipe for Plakok, a traditional dish she loved as a child. Desperate to lift his beloved grandmother’s spirits, he immediately sets out on a journey to their coastal hometown south of Bangkok for the first time in twenty years. Clinging to his stiff tailored suit, he looks and feels out of place in the buzzing streets of his native Thailand. After building a whole life on the other side of the world, he struggles to find his way back to the place he once called home.



Akara - Rashata Nakpansua
Waitress - Akara Udomsriphol
Uncle Prasert - Pitak Srisaaht
Market Vendor - Lookin Tonglamun


Writer & Director - Sam Van Zoest and Mariella Pacey
Line Producer - Akara Udomsriphol
Production Coordinator - Chanoknoet Podjananupak
Driver - Itipon Morrung
Translator - Prim Devakula
Director of Photography - Mariella Pacey
Sound & Editing: - Sam Van Zoest

Behind the scenes

I shot Akara together with Mariella Pacey in Thailand as part of the Amazing Thailand Film Challenge. Part of the contest was to keep an online journey, offering a look behind the scenes. You may watch the videos below.