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The fourth annual Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival continues through Sun., May 17. The festival showcases recent features from the Far East and Southeast Asia, as well as the United States and Afghanistan, representing the diversity of Asian and Asian-American experiences.

Films screen at the Harris (809 Liberty Ave., Downtown); the Regent Square (1035 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square); and the Melwood Screening Room (477 Melwood Ave., North Oakland).

Tickets are $9 ($5 for students); an eight-film pass is available for $50. For more information and to purchase tickets online, see www.silkscreenfestival.org.

 

The new films for the second week are as follows:

 

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CHILDREN OF INVENTION. After their mother disappears, two children fend for themselves, setting up house in a model apartment outside Boston. Tze Chun directs this drama. In English, and Cantonese and Mandarin, with subtitles. 7 p.m. Fri., May 15, and 3 p.m. Sun., May 17. Regent Square

 

FRUIT FLY. In H.P. Mendoza's musical, set in San Francisco's Castro District, a number of artistic characters, including a stage designer and a teen runaway, intersect. The screening will be followed by a Q&A. 7 p.m. Sat., May 16. Regent Square

 

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HALF-LIFE. Some time in the near future, our planet is falling apart. But the apocalyptic occurrences are just another irritant for the highly stressed Wu family, living in the Southern California suburbs. Among their concerns: racial and sexual identity; poor parenting; troubled kids; unrequited love; and the dread of collapse, be it planetary, familial or personal. Jennifer Phang's film is an off-beat dark dramedy that feels intentionally slightly off-kilter (think Donnie Darko). The pacing is uneven, though some of the best and most insightful scenes are lazy moments of nothing, and I found the film's short animated scenes less compelling. But I liked its hazy, suburban dystopia vibe. The screening will be followed by a Q&A. 9 p.m. Sat., May 16. Regent Square

 

KABULI KID. A Kabul cab driver is left with an infant after his fare, an untraceable woman wearing a full burka disappears into the chaotic city. Barmak Akram directs this gently comic film set in the Afghan capital. In Farsi, with subtitles. 9 p.m. Fri., May 15, and 5 p.m. Sun., May 17. Melwood

 

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SPARROW. A team of four pickpockets in Hong Kong match wits with a beautiful, mysterious young woman, who also possesses remarkably gifted fingers. Is she a dangerous adversary, or a damsel in need of aid? Prolific Hong Kong action director Johnnie To delivers a stylish comic caper, bolstered by great scenery and a kicky exotica score. (Sparrow has a distinct 1960s Euro vibe.) The plot grows increasingly incredible and To overplays some effects (one extended key scene is shot entirely in slow motion), but the mood is always light and entertaining. In Cantonese and Mandarin, with subtitles. 7 p.m. Fri., May 15, and 9 p.m. Sun., May 17. Melwood

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