are the oranges sweet?

In a quiet, intergenerational portrait of love-- a young, single mom takes her daughter on a heartfelt visit.

  • Bethany Yeap
  • Bethany Yeap
  • Joyce Keokham
  • Kai An Chee
    Key Cast
  • Skylar Chew
    Key Cast
  • Isabel Padilla
    Director of Photography
  • Bethany Yeap
    Production Designer
  • Felicia Sobhani
    Assistant Director
  • Naomi Sato
    Assistant Camera
  • Nicole Velez
  • Rikki Porter
  • Dolmar Pedro
    Sound Mixer
  • Trang Nguyen
    Make up Artist
  • Vivien Yue
  • Samantha Shin
    Poster Design
  • Natasha Wong
  • Ja-Ann Wang
    Post Sound Mixer
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    12 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 19, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    17,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Mandarin Chinese
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Director Biography - Bethany Yeap

Bethany Yeap is a multi-media artist and filmmaker based in NYC.

Her work is rooted in her experience as a first-gen Malaysian/Chinese American and ultimately aims to tell stories through the more expansive lens of sci-fi.

Her debut short film Undercurrent (2021) is currently running in the festival circuit and has premiered at LA Shorts International Film Festival.

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Director Statement

My mom (妈) loves oranges, they are her favorite fruit.

Sunday afternoons. In between grocery shopping and cooking dinner. My mom would finally take a moment to relax. She would sit at our dining table, and eat oranges while reading the Chinese newspaper. One of the few moments of stillness and enjoyment I remember in my memories of my mom, growing up. She would always exclaim while eating her oranges, “哇..这橘子太甜了.好好吃.”[this orange is so sweet, it’s so good}. I would always find it funny that something so regular and insignificant gave her so much enjoyment.

Built off this memory, “Are the Oranges Sweet?” is a portrait of the quiet ways in which we love and the way we continue to show love within mourning and remembrance.