OUTwatch Presents Two June Screenings
Spring/Summer Series Continues with Mama Bears + Special Poppy Fields Screening to Benefit LGBTQI Ukraine Emergency Fund
Poppy Fields – June 9
OUTwatch Film Festival will be hosting a special Pride month screening of Poppy Field (Eugen Jebeleanu, 2020) to benefit OUTright’s LGBTQI Ukraine Emergency Fund. The film, considered exemplary of the Romanian New Wave, tells the story of a young police officer who keeps his sexuality and romantic life with his partner secret in order to maintain his position in a macho hierarchy at work. These opposing parts of his identity are threatened when he is sent to quell an anti-LGBTQIA protest at a local cinema. The films weaves together themes of art, freedom, repression and identity. The film has two screenings on June 9, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Rialto Cinemas® Sebastopol.
Mama Bears – June 16
OUTwatch will also be continuing its Spring/Summer series with with Mama Bears (Daresha Kyi, 2022) Thursday, June 16 at 7 p.m. at Rialto Cinemas®. 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.
Mama Bears takes on particular salience given the proliferation of new laws being passed in conservative-majority states in the U.S., which threaten the lives and liberty of queer and kids, teens, young adults, and their families. The film gives voice to the 30,000+ conservative, Christian mothers who not only accept their LGBTQI kids, but are actively fighting for their right to exist and be accepted. It also shows the need for support and what happens in its absence.