Mama Bears

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Did you know there are over 5,000 conservative, Christian mothers who accept their LGBTQ children? Spread across the country but connected through private Facebook groups, they call themselves “mama bears” because of the ferocity with which they fight to protect their offspring. Along with stories of LGBTQ people who have suffered from religious intolerance and familial rejection and conversations with affirming and non-affirming theologians and ministers, Mama Bears, will introduce audiences to several mothers at different stages on the journey toward acceptance to form a rich tapestry around the complex intersections of politics, religion, faith, and true, unconditional love.

Mama Bears is a participant of the 2019 (Egg)celerator Lab.


DDaresha Kyi is looking directly at the camera, smiling. Black and white portrait.aresha Kyi writes, produces, and directs film and television in Spanish and English. In 2017, she co-directed the multiple award-winning film Chavela. In 2018, she directed a short for an ACLU web series on transgender rights that garnered over 1.5 million views on YouTube, as well as a series of shorts for the Family Independence Initiative about their work empowering families to escape poverty. This 2017-18 Firelight Documentary Lab fellow has also produced programming for FX, WE, AMC, Telemundo, and FUSE, among others.