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Is the Asian-American experience essentially Schwarzeneggerian? That’s what might be concluded from the opening-night film of this year’s Asian-American Film Festival, Kangaroo Man, a Taiwanese-American version of Junior. Most of the other films in this year’s selection, which concentrates on shorts, seem more culturally resonant. In Rishte, a man tries to understand how traditional Indian society influenced his sister to kill herself after failing to produce a male heir (shown in “Women and Tradition: Tales from the Indian Diaspora,” Nov. 11, noon); in My Geisha (pictured), a young Japanese woman in New York finds that her job at a Japanese piano bar recreates the culture she left her home to escape (shown in “Double Jeopardy: Female and Asian in America,” Nov. 11, 2 p.m.). Other programs include “Through Many Lenses: An Asian American Experience” (Nov. 11, 3:30 p.m.) and “Passages: Growing Up in Asian America” (Nov. 12, noon). All screenings will be at the Key Theater, 1222 Wisconsin Ave. NW, except Kangaroo Man, which will be shown at the Cineplex Odeon Foundry, 1055 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. $6.(202) 736-3705. (Mark Jenkins)