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Preview: Pac-Arts Spring Showcase

April 17, 2013 10:50 p.m.

KPBS film critic Beth Accomando previews Pac-Arts Spring Showcase.

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ANCHOR INTRO: The wild diversity of Asian cinema is once again highlighted in Pac-Arts Spring Showcase. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando takes us from “Linsanity” to werewolf children.

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The Pac-Arts Spring Showcase kicks off tonight with some “Linsanity.”

CLIP Lin with the steal!

The documentary doesn’t focus on Jeremy Lin’s mad skills on the court but rather on the behind the scenes journey to NBA superstardom. The film’s a crowd pleaser as is another documentary, “Harana.”

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Guitarist Florante Aguilar returns to the Philippines in search the gentle serenades known as harana. The film pays tribute these songs sung by men outside the windows of the women they loved. It’s an enchanting exploration of a past cultural tradition. Charming in a more rambunctious way is “Wolf Children.” Japanese anime frequently displays a flair for having the mundane and the magical exist side by side. In this case a woman has an affair with a werewolf and then faces the difficult task of raising werewolf pups that transform back and forth between human and animal form.

CLIP barking

The Spring Showcase has no shortage of charm but it also challenges viewers with films like “United Red Army,” a video essay about the 1977 hijacking of Japan Airlines Flight 472. The film relies on a riveting original recording between the United Red Army hijackers and the negotiators. The festival returns to cheerier themes with the Bollywood musical “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” for closing night. The Spring Showcase runs through April 25 at the Digiplex Mission Valley.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.