Jude Harris, Diane Moy Quon, David Siev, Katarina Vasquez
BAD AXE is the story of an American family fighting for respect while seeking to preserve their identity in a small, rural Michigan community. As they work to keep their American dream alive as owners of a local restaurant, their day to day aspirations run up against the backdrop of the 2020 election. As local tensions rise, the family is forced to reckon with a global pandemic, racial tensions, and generational scars from Cambodia’s “killing fields.” David Siev’s film is a powerful portrait of contemporary America, a place where political tensions color the everyday fabric of our lives.
A contemporary American family attempts to deal with the mundane conflicts of everyday life while grappling with the universal mysteries of love, death, and the possibility of happiness in an uncertain world.