The Utah Film Center will screen ‘Mama Bears’ at Liberty Park
The Utah Film Center will host an outdoor screening of the documentary “Mama Bears” on Friday, July 8 at Liberty Park.
“Mama Bears” is an intimate exploration of two “mama bears” – conservative Christian mothers Sara Cunningham and Kimberly Shapley who have become fierce advocates for LGBTQ+ people – and a young lesbian, Tammi Terrell Morris, whose fight for the self-acceptance illustrates why the mama bear movement is so vital.
Spread across the country but connected through private Facebook groups, they call themselves “mama bears” because although their love is warm and fuzzy, they fight fiercely to make the world kinder and safer for all. LGBTQ+ people.
Although some grew up as fundamentalist evangelical Christians, mother bears are willing to risk losing friends, family and religious communities to ensure the safety of their offspring, even if it challenges their belief systems and tear their world apart.
The feature is preceded by two short films highlighting queer experiences with parenthood from the Sundance Institute.
‘The Saint of Dry Creek,’ which screened at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, is about Patrick Haggerty, who was a teenager in rural Dry Creek, Washington in the late 1950s. remembers the day he first had a conversation with his father about his homosexuality.
“The Little Deputy, presented at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, is a 9-minute Canadian film directed by Trevor Anderson about him trying to get his picture taken with his father.
Doors open at 8 p.m. and movies start at dusk.
RSVP for the free film at utahfilmcenter.org/event/mama-bears/