MAMA BEARS (2022)
THE ARTHOUSE EXPERIENCE FILM SERIES Presented by Illinois Public Media, this exciting series brings the very best of recent art films and documentaries to the Virginia Theatre. MAMA BEARS Rated NR 91 Min They call one another “mama bears” because of the ferocity with which they fight for their children’s rights. Although they grew up as fundamentalist, evangelical Christians praying for the souls of LGTBQ+ people, these mothers are now willing to risk losing friends, family, and faith communities to champion their kids—even if it challenges their belief systems and rips apart their worlds. From Emmy® Award-winning director Daresha Kyi, “Mama Bears'' follows the journeys taken by Kimberly Shappley and Sara Cunningham, two mama bears whose profound love for their LGBTQ+ children has turned them into advocates for the queer community.