"BERKELEY in the Sixties," a documentary that took six years to assemble, shoot and edit, and that opens at the Biograph Friday, is a "sort of Rorschach test," says director Mark Kitchell.

"Different people can bring different questions and concerns to it, or come away with different questions. We tried to make an open-ended film that has something for everybody, that doesn't preach to them, or hand out the FILM NOTES

meaning of the '60s on a platter at the end . . . . It lets the audience make up its own mind."

Kitchell will introduce the first screening of "Berkeley" at 7 Friday, and will stick around afterwards to answer questions.

THOMAS A. Hart Jr.'s self-explanatory "James Brown: The Man, the Music & the Message," a 60-minute video film, will have its world premiere at the American Film Institute at 8:30 Friday. There are subsequent screenings at the AFI at 1:30 Saturday and 6 Sunday.

The film, made with Brown's cooperation, features interviews with Brown admirers and disciples Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Little Richard, Gladys Knight and Berry Gordy.

Admission is $15 ($10 AFI members) and features receptions after each screening in the Kennedy Center. For ticket information, call 202/898-0899.

SWEDISH director Bo Widerberg will be in Washington Oct. 16 to introduce his 1971 movie "The Ballad of Joe Hill." His appearance is part of a three-part Widerberg film series, cosponsored by the Smithsonian Resident Associates and the Embassy of Sweden.

The series opens this Tuesday with Widerberg's first, the 1963 "Raven's End," and is followed on Oct. 9 by "Elvira Madigan" (1967). All shows are at 7 at Baird Auditorium in the Museum of Natural History. Admission to the series is $22 ($18 SRA members) or $7.50 ($6) per movie. Call 202/357-3030.