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2.5 out of 4 stars

Seeking Asian Female
Directed by
Debbie Lum

Leave your expectations at the door. Yes, this documentary starts off as a lighthearted examination of "yellow fever" (a term the director uses): Caucasian men who are into Asian women – with a focus on one guy in particular: Steven, aged 60, a creepy/kind of pathetic, twice-divorced San Francisco airport worker. But as we follow Steven's quest to marry Sandy (at 30, considered an old maid back home in China), the film takes on new dimensions – as does the filmmaker's role. Ms. Lum, who is herself married to a white man, reluctantly becomes translator/confidante/marriage counsellor to the couple as their relationship hits some snags. Ms. Lum struggles with whether she is crossing the line as a filmmaker, and her film asks some honest questions about the role of the documentarian. As Steven tells her: "You're not God; you're just a director."

Oct. 8, 6:15 p.m., Granville 4

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