All around the world, LOVE is known to be a spiritual force that binds a family together. The documentary film COOKING WITH LOVE explores the theme of sharing this love through food and takes us on a sentimental journey to Thailand, not to bustling Bangkok, but to four out-of-the-way villages. This documentary paints a touching portrait of three dedicated cooks, one from each village who put their hearts and souls into COOKING WITH LOVE for their families.
Boonma is from “Ghost Door Town” in Lop Buri province, northeast of Bangkok, in Thailand.
Boonma used to grow vegetables there and walk door to door selling her produce to the locals.
Her love of cooking start when she have to help her community cook when they have a special occasion in the temple.
She is beloved and remembered by her community because she loved to cook and share her food with many people in her neighborhood. Boonma passed away in 2015.
Jarugun lives in the Sa Kaeo Province on the border between Thailand and Cambodia. She is a single mother of two. Her children always join her at the market and help her cook after school.
Jarugun remembers her mother every time she cooks. She tries to recreate the dishes her mother cooked for her as a child.
Mayuree is a very enthusiastic cook who is always in search of new recipes for her family to taste. At the end of the working day, when the shop closes they always enjoy a drink and spend time together before dinner.
This lovely couple lives together in Pak Chong in the Nakhon Ratcahsima Province of Thailand. This province is the location of Khao Yai National Park, a beautiful mouantainous area. Mayuree and Petcharat own a auto parts shop in the Pak Chong city district.
Sumalee Hungtongtae lives with her son and daughter in beautiful Chiang Mai,Thailand. She is a single mother of two. The first person who taught her how to cook was her father. Sumalee have a wonderful memories of her father cooking her delicious food for her when she was young. Till this day Sumalee still cook with the recipes her father have taught her.
Sukunya (Suki) Wangsomnuk - Director /Producer / Editor / Music Composer
Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Sukunya began her career there in music as a artist for indie record labels.
To explore more opportunities in entertainment, she moved to Los Angeles. She interned at a small film production company, where she discovered her love for all the creative elements that have to come together to make a good film. By the following year, she was co-producing small documentaries, as well as editing them. She has worked on numerous music videos, independent features, short films and reality TV shows.
While working with Todd Kellstien, the Director of the documentary, “Buffalo Girls,” she was inspired to create a documentary that allowed her to combine her love of filmmaking with her love of cooking. And “Cooking With Love” is the delicious result.
"What a gift Suki has shared with us. Taken out of the instant world of CuisinArt and into the humble households of pestle and mortar. This documentary takes viewers into the lives of five typical Thai women to experience their stories and relationship with food. These women whole-heartedly prepare food daily with sophisticated Thai flavors and in a manner that teaches a lesson of sharing, humanity and love.
In our modern US society, the word ‘food’ conjures negative feelings and restriction. It is refreshing to see the inheritance and soulful nourishing of what it means to ‘eat’ in Thailand."
Audra Clemons-Abreu, food writer for The Culture Trip .
July 26 2016 : San Antonio Film Festival, The Tobin Center for Performing Arts.
Fiek Family Rotunda 115 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, TX USA
May 16 -19 2016 : Women Deliver Art and Cinema Corner, Copenhagen, Denmark.
September 12 / 15 : Cooking With Love Documentary Private Screening at The Melody Lounge, Los Angeles.