Bad Axe

Scene from the film Bad Axe
Scene from the film BAD AXE

David Siev’s documentary debut is a powerful, deeply moving account of a closely-knit Asian American family living in rural Michigan during the pandemic as they fight to keep their local restaurant and American dream alive. With rising racial tensions, the family uses their voice and must unite as they reckon with backlash from a divided community, white supremacists, and intergenerational trauma from Cambodia's “killing fields.”

David Siev will join in-person for a post-screening conversation.

Winner of the Audience Award for Documentary Feature at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival and the 2022 Critics Choice Award for Best Documentary. Part of our New Visions, New Voices and Campus Collaborations series.

Cosponsored by the Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity, the Asian American Studies Program at Cornell, and the Southeast Asia Program in the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

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