Let’s Talk: Mama Bears

Let’s Talk: Mama Bears

Not Rated
Run Time: 91 min.
June 15, 2023 at 7pm

Starring: Kimberly Shappley, Kai Shappley, Sara Cunningham, Parker Cunningham, Tenita Lewis Artry, Tammi Terrell Morris
Director: Daresha Kyi

Did you know there are more than 32,000 mothers in America, many from conservative, Christian backgrounds, who fully accept their LGBTQ+ children? They call themselves “mama bears” because while their love is warm and fuzzy, they fight ferociously to make the world kinder and safer for all LGBTQ+ people.

MAMA BEARS is an exploration of the journeys taken by Sara Cunningham and Kimberly Shappley, 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 Tammi Terrell Morris, 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.

Official Selection, South by Southwest

Official Selection, Outfest Los Angeles

Local Heroes Competition Winner, Cleveland International Film Festival

Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Sun Valley Film Festival

“[A documentary that] proves the power of love.”

– Jasmine Lane, Austin Chronicle

“The three families in Mama Bears provide a kaleidoscopic lens for understanding the tensions between faith, gender and sexuality. … Intimate and empathetic.”

– Lovia Gyarkye, Hollywood Reporter

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