A PLACE CALLED HOME

2023 / 16mm / 100 mins

WRITER/DIRECTOR Max Jacoby & Patt Sukmongkol

One year in the life of an Asian expat living in Amsterdam, shot in the rhythm of one day each month. The film juxtaposes phone conversations with her sister with shots of her life in Amsterdam.

The main theme it touches upon is what it means to be an Asian living in Europe. Not only is she far away from home, but with the pandemic, she has not seen her family in almost two years. Meanwhile in Holland, she is trying to navigate cultural differences and create a home away from home.

It’s a slow, mediative film about a Thai woman who lives far away from her family and her roots. It captures the smaller events of her life, time passing, seasons changing, relationships evolving, plants growing and dying. A film about the repetition and variation in one person’s everyday life.

This is an ongoing project where every month we shoot one day in the life of this character. The concept is that over the course of one year (May 21 - May 22) we shoot 13 different days.