The Friday Night Film Series hosted by Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy building focuses on Asian Films in August. The free movies are screened every Friday at 7 p.m., open to the public and free of charge (although donations are gratefully accepted). The month concludes Aug. 26 with “Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles” (2005, Hong Kong/China/Japan).

Aging fisherman Takata Gouichi boards a bullet train to Tokyo when he learns his estranged son is gravely ill. At the hospital, his son refuses to see him, but his daughter-in-law urges Takata to watch a documentary his son was filming in rural China. Moved by what he sees, Takata vows to complete his son’s work. His odyssey into the heart of China and the kinship he develops with a fatherless boy recaptures a sense of family he thought he had lost a long time ago.

The film is rated PG and runs 105 minutes. The Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./route 1, is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or