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OCT. 10-19

An engaging if sometimes overly obvious attempt to take the Hong Kong romantic comedy on the road in British Columbia, Lunch With Charles (at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the Hirshhorn) presents three paradigms of Asian experience in North America: Hong Kong-born PR executive April is happy and successful in Vancouver; her Canadian-bred assistant, Cora, has roots in HK but feels no link to it; and April’s husband, Tong, keeps postponing his emigration, considering Canada too cold and too boring. Such diversity of opinion is characteristic of this annual fest, which opens this year with Lolo’s Child (at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Hirshhorn), a musical dramedy in which a Filipino Elvis impersonator helps a young relative escape his past, and closes with Green Dragon, Timothy Linh Bui’s relatively big-budget drama about Vietnamese refugees. Other distillations of Asian-American life range from Charlotte Sometimes (at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the Hirshhorn), an existential young-romance drama whose players just happen to be of Asian descent, to Daughter From Danang (pictured, at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Freer), a revealing documentary about an Amerasian, airlifted from Vietnam with thousands of other kids in 1975, who returns 22 years later to find her homeland and biological family overwhelming. Also featured are several programs of short films, including “It’s a She Thing” (at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Freer), “So Happy Together: Queer Asian Cinema” (at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Freer), and “Looking in the Mirror” (at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Freer). To Saturday, Oct. 19; see Showtimes for details. (Mark Jenkins)