Mama Bears is an exploration of the journeys taken by two “mama bears”—conservative, Christian mothers whose profound love for their LGBTQ+ children has turned them into fierce advocates for the entire queer community—and a young African American lesbian whose struggle for self-acceptance perfectly exemplifies why the mama bears are so vitally important.
Mama Bears is the story of women who have allowed nearly every aspect of their lives to be completely reshaped by love. Although they may have grown up as fundamentalist, evangelical Christians, mama bears are willing to risk losing friends, family, and faith communities to keep their children safe—even if it challenges their belief systems and rips their worlds apart.
Shot in a poetic, deeply intimate style, Mama Bears uses social media posts, home movies, photographs, interviews, and cinema verité footage to explore the complex intersections of politics, religion, faith, and true, unconditional love.
- Director Daresha Kyi considers herself to be a “warrior of love” and “believes it is [her] responsibility to do everything within [her] power to shift the balance in our world away from death, destruction, and hatred and toward stronger, deeper love”.
- You’ll be inspired by the journeys taken by Sara Cunningham and Kimberly Shappley, two “mama bears” —whose profound love for their LGBTQ children has turned them into fierce advocates for the entire queer community.
- The Hollywood Reporter acknowledges that “embedded throughout this redemptive narrative are threads of a sadder, more complex one about the dangers LGBTQ children face in trying to live honestly.”
- According to Collider, “if you’re hankering for some hope in humanity, here it is.”
- You’ll recognize the power in a simple hug.
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