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A four-day event at the Egyptian revels in foreign countries and cultures; Asian and Pacific Islander identity is explored in Little Tokyo.

September 25, 2008|Susan King | Times Staff Writer

The fifth edition of National Geographic's All Roads Film Project rolls into the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre tonight with 26 films spotlighting more than 20 countries (including Lebanon and Myanmar) and cultures (such as the Maoris of New Zealand, the Chukchi of Russia, Alaskan natives, Hawaiian natives and the Canadian Cree).

The four-day event begins this morning with a photography exhibit in the theater's courtyard. And this evening, Somali hip-hop artist K'Naan is scheduled to perform.

On tap for Friday evening is the L.A. premiere of the 2007 drama "Under the Bombs," set in Lebanon. Other highlights include the world premiere of a documentary short from Iraq, "What Was Promised," which studies the women who joined the country's new security forces after 2003, and the Rwandan documentary "As We Forgive," about two women who meet the man who slaughtered their families during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

The Japanese American National Museum hosts the inaugural ID Film Fest, dedicated to contemporary digital films that "explore and celebrate identity crisis in the diverse Asian/Pacific Islander communities." The festival opens this evening with the L.A. premiere of Michael Frank's "Ra Choi," a drama about four Asian street kids. Another L.A. premiere -- Quentin Lee's first documentary, "0506HK," about the generation born when Hong Kong was still a British colony -- will be featured Friday night. Other films to be screened include Wee Li Lin's comedy-drama "Gone Shopping." The festival ends Sunday.

"German Currents: Focus Film Bavaria" continues at the Cinematheque's Aero Theatre on Friday with the U.S. premiere of "The Baader-Meinhof Complex," a thriller exploring the Red Army Faction of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Uli Edel's film, features Moritz Bleibtreu, Martina Gedeck and Bruno Ganz. Also screening Friday are the L.A. premieres of the drama "Winter Journey," featuring Josef Bierbichler, and "Shopping," Ralf Westhoff's look at the singles scene in Munich.

The American Film Institute and Target have an impressive group of stars for "Target/AFI Night at the Movies" on Wednesday at the ArcLight in Hollywood. Sean Connery, Denzel Washington, Dustin Hoffman and Jim Carrey are among those who will share some of their films with fans. Connery, for example, will introduce "The Man Who Would Be King," and Washington will reflect on "Glory," for which he won an Oscar.


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