Mama Bears

Like many devout Christians, Kimberly Shappley grew up believing sexual and gender orientation was a choice – and deviating from the heterosexual norm was not only wrong, but also a deadly sin. Everything changed after her son Kai was born. From a very young age, Kai expressed that he was, in fact, a trans girl and Shappley was forced to re-evaluate her beliefs. Following the journeys of three of these similar soul-searching mothers, MAMA BEARS is an uplifting story about what it means to love unconditionally. In partnership with the Geauga SOGI Support Network Following the film, there will be a breakout discussion in the River Room at the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre: PARENTING AN LGBTQ CHILD - What are the unique challenges and resources for parenting an LGBTQ child in today’s world? Discussion facilitated by the Geauga SOGI Support Network

  • Daresha Kyi
  • 91 minutes
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About Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is dedicated to educating audiences and empowering talented filmmakers to tell their stories. The Festival is a five day celebration of the art of documentary film, at venues in and around the century village of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. This inspiring event draws audiences from all over Northeast Ohio, the US and the world to experience documentary films and the compelling art and culture they highlight.