FESTIVAL OF INDEPENDENTS International House, 3701 Chestnut St, 895-6542. Wed 8 p.m.: Kumu Hula, Keepers of a Culture, Robert Mugge's documentary about the history and ancient traditions of Hawaii. Thu 7:30 p.m.: Connecting the Pieces, documentary about the June 1988 display of the Names Project AIDS quilt in Baltimore, and AIDS in the Barrio: Eso no me pasa a mi, documentary produced in Philadelphia. $5; $4 members, seniors & students; $2 children 12 & under. Fri matinee $2.
FILM FORUM/PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia Center, 509 S Broad St, 732-7704.Tonight-Sat 7: The Wrong Box, comedy about two elderly Victorian brothers trying to murder each other in order to collect an inheritance, stars Ralph Richardson, Michael Caine, Peter Sellers. Tonight-Sat 9:15: The Cranes Are Flying, drama about a young Russian girl waiting for her sweetheart's return during WW II. $3.50; $2.50 members & full-time students.
FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIA Central Library, Montgomery Auditorium, 19th & Vine Sts, 686-5322. Tue 4 p.m.: Union Maids, 1976 documentary; discussion follows. Free.
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Delaware Museum of Natural History, Rte 52, Wilmington, 302-658-9111. Thu 7:30 p.m.: Allegro Non Troppo, animated
interpretation of music by Sibelius, Dvorak, Vivaldi, Stravinsky, others.
$4.50; $3.50 members.
ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL 1990 University of Pennsylvania, Stiteler Hall B 6, 208 S 37th St, 848-7640. Sat 7 & 9:30 p.m.: Big Girl, and Crows, two award- winning short films about young women in Israeli society. $6; $3 students & seniors.
ITALIAN FILM SERIES University of Pennsylvania, Stiteler Hall B 6, 208 S 37th St, 898-7428. Thu 6:45 p.m.: Padre Padrone, drama about a peasant who learns to read over the objections of his domineering father. Free.
PHILADELPHIA CITY INSTITUTE LIBRARY 19th & Locust Sts, 735-9137. Wed 2:30 & 7 p.m.: Nothing Sacred, comedy about an unscrupulous newspaper's publicity stunt centering on a girl thought to be dying, stars Carole Lombard, Frederic March. Free.