US, 2022, 90 min, English OV
Directed by: Daresha Kyi
Did you know there are over 30.000 conservative, Christian mothers in the US who accept their LGBTIQ+ children? Spread across the country but connected through private Facebook groups, they help one another overcome the teachings of their churches and call themselves "mama bears" - because while their love is warm and fuzzy, they fight ferociously to make the world kinder and safer for all LGBTIQ+ people.
Although they may have grown up as fundamentalist, evangelical Christians, mama bears are willing to lose friends, family, and faith communities to keep their offspring safe - even if it challenges their belief systems and rips their worlds apart.
Emmy Award-winning director Daresha Kyi´s Mama Bears is an intimate, thought-provoking exploration of the journeys taken by "mama bears" Sara Cunningham and Kimberly Shappley and Tammi Terrell Morris, a young African American lesbian whose struggle for self-acceptance perfectly exemplifies why the mama bears are so vitally important.
"...a powerful film, full of humanity and heart..." - The Advocate
"Its a really beautiful, hopeful film that shows that, despite the best efforts of anti-LGBTQ+ groups and legislature, there are people and families out there that are willing to fight for them." - Film Inquiry
*** Sun Valley Film Festival Best Documentary Feature Award, Cleveland International Film Festival Local Heroes Award, FilmOut Festival Award Best Documentary ***