Mama Bears

Conservative, Christian beliefs have defined their entire lives, but now they’re championing their LGBTQ children. A mama bear's love is ferocious.

Mom with her child in a field next to a church
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filmmaker Daresha Kyi

Daresha Kyi

Daresha creates both narrative and documentary film and television in Spanish and English. Her second feature, Mama Bears, is about how conservative, Christian mothers are transformed when they accept their LGBTQ children. Her short, Texas Strong, won two Webbys and an Emmy, and her first feature, Chavela, screened in over 40 countries. 

filmmaker Laura Tatham

Laura Tatham

Laura Tatham is creative documentary producer currently working on the feature What We Carry, having most recently completed the feature Mama Bears (‘22 SXSW, Independent Lens) and the short Black Beauty (‘22 Inside Out). She was a 2020 Film Independent Documentary Lab fellow and a 2020 + 2022 WIF/Sundance Institute Financing Intensive fellow.

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The Film

Mama Bears explores how the lives of conservative, Christian mothers are utterly transformed when they decide to accept their LGBTQ children. Spread throughout the country but connected through private Facebook groups, they call one another “mama bears” because of the ferocity with which they fight for their children’s rights and those of the entire LGBTQ community. Although they grew up as fundamentalist, evangelical Christians praying for the souls of LGTBQ people, these mama bears are now willing to risk losing friends, family, and faith communities to keep their children safe—even if it challenges their belief systems and rips apart their worlds. Along the way they struggle through grief, denial, anger, and deep depression. Mama Bears takes us inside their journey to becoming LGBTQ allies, following a few of the 8,000 dedicated moms across the United States who have connected at a complicated juncture to create a network of love and conviction.