MONIFF 2022 Film Festival

Being Bebe: The Bebe Zahara Benet Documentary

Expired October 7, 2022 3:45 AM
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Marshall Ngwa (a.k.a. renowned drag performer BeBe Zahara Benet) came to the United States from homophobic Cameroon with dreams of a better life and became the first winner of the now-iconic reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2009. Being BeBe follows Marshall’s remarkable immigrant journey from the earliest days of his amateur drag performance career in Minneapolis, circa 2006, to his emergence as one of the leading artists in the movement to celebrate and advance Queer Black Excellence during the 2020s. With 15 years of intimate access to Marshall’s story, the film presents his unique love affair with performance alongside his unstoppable sense of persistence and purpose, offering an unprecedented portrait of an artist who chooses to live a creative life against all odds.


  • Year
  • Runtime
    93 minutes
  • Language
    English, French
  • Country
    United States, Cameroon
  • Premiere
    Tribeca Film Festival
  • Note
    English subtitles
  • Social Media
  • Director
    Emily Branham
  • Producer
    Marc Smolowitz, Jonathan Goodman Levitt
  • Co-Producer
    Bat-Sheva Guez, Diego Wyatt
  • Editor
    James Codoyannis
  • Music
    Hélène Faussart / Les Nubians