Asian American Distinguished Speaker Series: “Bad Axe” Film Screening with Director David Siev


Location: Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (View on map )

David Siev, film director is the 2024 Asian American Distinguished Speaker. Join us on March 24 at 2 p.m.

Filmmaker David Siev, whose Michigan-based documentary "Bad Axe" was shortlisted for a 2022 Academy Award, will screen his film and deliver the keynote lecture for the Asian American Distinguished Speaker Series

Jennifer Huynh, assistant professor of American studies and a Liu Institute faculty fellow, will moderate the event.

This event is sponsored by the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, Department of American Studies, and DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.


This is a free but ticketed event. Tickets will only be distributed one hour prior to the performance. For additional information, please contact the ticket office at 574-631-2800.

About the film

BAD AXE captures a closely-knit Cambodian-Mexican-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.”

About the Speaker