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May 10

High-school filmmaker Sokly “Don Bonus” Ny provides a rare cinematic vantage point on the life of a Cambodian refugee in San Francisco—an autobiographical one. In a.k.a. Don Bonus—a film he co-directed with his video workshop teacher, Spencer Nakasano—the camera-toting Ny explores his everyday life. Many of his concerns are typical teenage trauma: loneliness, conflict with his stepfather, managing to graduate despite an indifferent attitude toward his studies. Unlike most teen-flick protagonists, however, Ny also talks frankly about poverty, racial hostility, and being the son of a man murdered by the Khmer Rouge. The result is anything but slick, but the film’s guilelessness is also its strength. At 8 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, 8th & Independence Ave. SW. FREE. (202) 357-2700. (Mark Jenkins)