Hop Film: Bad Axe
A close-knit Asian Mexican American family in rural Michigan fights to keep their restaurant alive in the face of a pandemic and a community fractured by racism. Discussion follows
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 to stay in business, stay involved and stay alive.
Programmed in conjunction with the campus Martin Luther King, Jr celebration
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