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The B Movies

Three recent shorts that have the first letter of their titles in common. The longest entry is Evans Chan's Bauhinia, a video in which a film student from Hong Kong broods about her thesis project on birth control in rural China and about her spoiled boyfriend, unexpected pregnancy, and proximity to Ground Zero. The soap-opera situations are given an attractive Lower Manhattan edge, but the characters' self-absorption is annoying. Kevin Lee's uneven Banana is about the fear of assimilation: a Chinese student imagines his newborn as an oversize banana—yellow on the outside, white on the inside. In Ann Marie Fleming's lovingly rendered Blue Skies, an actor finds happiness wearing a Chinese opera getup and singing the title tune. 84 min.

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