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"Being BeBe is full of heart, soul and wit — much like the subject herself — and provides a fascinating glimpse behind the curtain for fans and curious newcomers alike; a joy-filled, life-affirming must-watch."
— Vague Visages

Celebrating the worldwide sensation known as BeBe Zahara Benet, the first ever winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, this decade-spanning documentary introduces audiences to Marshall Ngwa, the creative force behind the glamour. Being BeBe traces Benet’s early years growing up in a deeply homophobic Cameroon to gaining prominence on the local amateur drag scene in Minneapolis. Shot over a period of 15 years, long before Benet’s cultural ascendance and television stardom, the film offers an intimate backstage look at the life of one of the most singular and iconic drag queens working today.

Images’ Virtual Cinema is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Featuring: BeBe Zahara Benet (aka Nea Marshall Kudi Ngwa)

Director: Emily Branham

Runtime: 90 minutes

Genre: BIPOC, Documentary, Festival Favorite, LGBTQ+, Woman Directed

Year: 2021

Country: United States

Language: In English and French with English subtitles