After having its world premiere at SXSW, the LGBTQ+ feature-length documentary Mama Bears is currently making its festival rounds and will screen at Outfest on July 22.
Variety reports that the first trailer gives viewers a peek of the struggles women have had in overcoming religious stigma in order to accept themselves or their LGBTQ+ offspring.
Mama Bears is based on a Facebook group of mothers who wished to spread love without compromising their faith.
The teaser, which was directed and produced by Emmy winner Daresha Kyi, begins with stained-glass church windows and a woman reading scripture while sipping coffee.
The woman is Kimberly Shappley, a former “Tea Party Republican,” mother of the transgender daughter Kai, and one of the people Mama Bears chronicles who now works to ensure the safety and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community.
Sara Cunningham, a mom from the Midwest, is featured in the video declaring her love for her faith and her very personal convictions.
Tammi Terrell Morris is another person whose story is highlighted in Mama Bears.
The rigid upbringing in “fundamentalist, evangelical” Christian homes caused each of the ladies in the documentary to struggle to accept the queer community.
After producing for Chavela, Laura Tatham is back to work with Kyi on Mama Bears, while Austin-based filmmaker Amy Bench is the director of photography.
Mama Bears will be screened on July 22 at the Outfest Film Festival and on July 28 and 29 at the Traverse City Film Festival.