About this film

An Asian-American family in rural Michigan fights to keep its restaurant and the American dream alive in the face of a pandemic and more. This real-time portrait of 2020 unfolds in the small town of the title in Michigan’s Thumb as the family behind Rachel’s restaurant struggles with COVID-19, Neo-Nazis and generational scars from the Cambodian killing fields. In March, the film received its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, where the Austin Chronicle said the documentary “conjures up images of a Tennessee Williams drama.” Michigan premiere.

This film is being presented as part of the “4 Nights. 4 Films. 4 Chefs” series in partnership with Frame in Hazel Park. The screening will be paired with dinner from chefs of Rachel’s, the restaurant featured in the documentary. The meal will be headlined by coconut cream salmon and sweet bourbon porkbelly.

AFTER THE FILM, APRIL 28: The post-film discussion after the April 28 screening will feature the director, producer and several members of the Siev family, the subjects of the documentary. Free Press dining and restaurant critic Lyndsay Green will lead the conversation.

AFTER THE FILM, APRIL 30: The April 30 event is being presented as part of the “4 Nights. 4 Films. 4 Chefs” series at Frame. The screening will be paired with dinner from chefs of Rachel’s, the restaurant featured in the documentary.

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WHEN + WHERE

RUSH LINE ONLY
7 p.m. Thu., April 28, Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA

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WHEN + WHERE

SOLD OUT
5 p.m. Sat., April 30, Frame
(No Rush Line available)

FILM CREDITS

Director:
David Siev
 

Executive producers:
Dawn Bonder, Daniel J. Chalfen, Michael Meinhold, Jeff Tremaine, Marci Wiseman, Shanna Zablow Newton, Tim Chow
 

Producers:
Jude Harris, Diane Moy Quon, David Siev, Katarina Vasquez
 

Music:
Stephanie Kowal
 

Cinematographer:
David Siev
 

Editors:
Peter Wagner, Rosie Walunas
 

Year:
2022
 

Running time:
1 hour, 40 minutes
 

Country of origin:
United States
 

Film website

Festival highlights:
SXSW