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Block 1: Non-American & International Short Films

  • US Navy Memorial 701 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20004 United States (map)

This block showcases Non-American films made by and starring Asians.
Films include the following:
Year Zero directed by David Siev
The Fob and I directed by Meenakshi Ramamurthy.
Pricetag directed by Myrthe Nymph Wai
A Gentle Night directed by Wouter Jansen
Tranh & Nowak directed by Geneviève Doang
Five O'Clock Shadow by Sangeeta Agrawal

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Year Zero directed by David Siev. Running time: 14 minutes

When the Khmer Rouge regime seized Cambodia in 1975, the country plunged into civil war and was ravaged by mass killings, torture, and famine. The Khmer soldiers were cold and ruthless, fully embodying Pol Pot’s philosophy towards the common people: “to kill you is no loss, to keep you is no benefit.” Faced with hunger and starvation, two brothers risk everything to ensure their survival, even with the odds stacked against them.

The Fob and I directed by Meenakshi Ramamurthy. Running time: 6 minutes

A webseries about two Indians that are different.


Pricetag directed by Myrthe Nymph Wai. Running time: 10 minutes

The 29-year-old Jeffrey Chen works as a shop assistant in a Chinese supermarket. His fiancé is the 26-year-old Annie Li, who comes from a traditional, wealthy Chinese family with strict parents. Struggling financially, Jeffrey does not have enough money to meet the demands of his parents-in-law.

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A Gentle Night directed by Wouter Jansen. Running time: 15 minutes

In a nameless Chinese city, a mother with her daughter missing, refuses to go gentle into this good night.

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Tranh & Nowak directed by Geneviève Doang. Running time: 22 minutes

An action comedy film featuring two special agents skilled in close-up combat and specialized in undercover operations: Tranh, a young intelligent, down-to-earth woman, and Nowak, reckless, adventurous and somewhat racially biased - though not ill-intentioned. This time, their mission is to recover paintings which belong to the government, stolen by a German esthete, Otto Von Schnitzel, head of a neo-Nazi faction.


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?

Five O'Clock Shadow is Sangeeta Agrawal's first film as a writer and director. She has been a stage actor for over 30 years and has acted in several short films in lead roles. Her films have been screened at numerous festivals, both in the U.S. and abroad. Her film, A Good Match, was screened at the Delhi International Film Festival where she won the Best NRI Actress award.