October 1, 2022
Fresno City College, Theatre
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MAMA BEARS is an intimate, thought-provoking 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.
Shot in a poetic, deeply intimate style, MAMA BEARS uses social media posts, home movies,
photographs, personal journals, blogs, interviews, and cinema verité footage to explore the
complex intersections of politics, religion, faith, and true, unconditional love.