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TO OCT. 16
Puncturing Asian-American stereotypes is one of the principal missions of this fest, now in its fifth year. Eleven programs of shorts include such films as Perfection (as part of “Product Placement and Love,” at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8), in which the struggle to be an ideal Korean-American daughter is an unwinnable game; Dragon of Love (also included in “Product Placement and Love”), which turns the tables on an Asian-American man who wants a black girlfriend by offering him one with a fixation on Asian action-film heroes; and American Seoul (from “Women’s Shorts,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13), which illustrates four ways—none of them traditional—to be a young Korean-American woman. Among the longer films, Masters of the Pillow (at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9) concerns a Japanese-American professor who seeks to boost Asian-American male pride by making a skin flick, while Daughters of Everest (at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10) follows the first-ever attempt by a group of Sherpa women to scale Mount Everest. The feature-length documentaries include Chinese Restaurants: Song of the Exile (at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13), a 2003 documentary that shows how restaurants in three widely dispersed cities reveal aspects of Chinese-expatriate culture; and The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16), a playful but illuminating biography of a Chinese-born vaudeville star, made by his great-granddaughter. The festival is at various times and locations; see Showtimes for details. (Mark Jenkins)