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Running just three days, 1994’s Asian-American film fest has been scaled back from previous years. Amid the customary programs of short films are only three features, all Asian-Canadian: the opening Small Pleasures, a comedy about the cultural adjustments of two young women who’ve recently arrived in Toronto from China (Nov. 18, 7 p.m., pictured); The Soul Investigator: Stores of Chide the Wind, the tale of a salesman who loses his job and has a mystical experience (Nov. 19, 5 p.m.); and Moving the Mountain, a documentary about the mistreatment of Chinese workers recruited to build the Canadian Pacific railroad (Nov. 20, 5 p.m.). Also included are programs of shorts on such themes as the Korean and Filipino diaspora, “Women Warriors,” and growing up Asian and, respectively, female and male in North America. At the Foundry, 1055 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. $4 for all films except Small Pleasures, which is $7.50; festival pass $15. (202) 898-3098. (Mark Jenkins)