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Five O'Clock Shadow

Short Film | 7:14 mins

4/21/18, 8:30 pm
Newton Film Poster


Five O'Clock Shadow is the story of an Indian-American mother who is the victim of racial abuse. Her worst fear rises to the surface and for the first time ever, she asks the question: Do we really belong here?



Sangeeta Agrawal is a first time filmmaker for her project, Five O'Clock Shadow. With more than 30 years of experience on stage, and lead roles in several short films, Sangeeta is the recipient of the Best NRI Actress at the Delhi International Film Festival in 2015. Sangeeta moved to the US in 1985. She has lived in the Washington DC area since then. 


My first film as writer and director​, Five O'Clock Shadow, comes from a very personal place as an Indian-American mother. The story came to me ​on the morning after the Kansas shooting of two South Asian men. It shocked the community and made headlines all over the world. As the mother of a young man who has a beard, my first thought went to him and his safety. Never in the thirty years of my life in the U.S. did I feel threatened in this way. I simply had to say something about it. And so the story was born. 



Chicago South Asian Film Festival ​ - 2017​  - Chicago 

Tasveer South Asian Film Festival - ​2017 - ​Seattle

DC South Asian Film Festival - ​2017 -​ Washington DC 

Delhi International Film Festival ​ - ​2017 -​ Delhi - Best Concept - Short Film

​ NRI Award​

​First Friday Film Festival - 2018 - Kansas 

World Music and Independent Film Festival - 2018

Washington DC - Best South East Asian Film and Best Actor in a DMV Short Film

Calcutta International Cult Film Festival - 2017 - Kolkata

New Delhi Short Film Festival - 2017 - Delhi - Special Appreciation Award

DFW South Asian Film Festival - 2018 -Dallas 

Women and Minorities in Media Fest - 2018 - Towson University - Mid-Atlantic Emerging Filmmaker

The Women's Film Festival - 2018 -Philadelphia 

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