Bad Axe

Bad Axe

After leaving NYC for his rural hometown of Bad Axe, Michigan, at the start of the pandemic, Asian American filmmaker David Siev documents his family's struggles to keep their restaurant afloat. As fears of the virus grow, deep generational scars dating back to Cambodia’s bloody “killing fields” come to the fore, straining the relationship between the family's patriarch, Chun, and his daughter, Jaclyn. When the BLM movement takes center stage in America, the family uses its collective voice to speak out in their conservative community. What unfolds is a real-time portrait of 2020 through the lens of one multicultural family’s fight stay in business, stay involved, and stay alive.

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  • David Siev


  • Daniel J. Chalfen
  • David Siev
  • Dawn Bonder
  • Diane Moy Quon
  • Eric Tabach
  • Jeff Tremaine
  • Jude Harris
  • Katarina Vasquez
  • Kristen Murray
  • Marci Wiseman
  • Michael Meinhold
  • Nevo Shinaar
  • Shanna Zablow Newton

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