Bad Axe

102 mins.
Directed by David Siev
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Thu, 2/16

After the screening, join us for a live post-screening conversation with director David Siev and editor (and Sunderland native!) Rosie Walunas.

Free to Amherst Cinema Members!

Shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature at the 2023 Academy Awards.

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.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit