a new film by emily Branham
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PERFORMANCE.

PERSISTENCE.

PURPOSE.

Being BeBe intimately charts 15 years in the life of drag performer Marshall Ngwa (aka BeBe Zahara Benet):  An immigrant to America from homophobic Cameroon, first champion on Reality TV phenomenon RuPaul’s Drag Race, and a leading artist celebrating Black Queer Excellence today.

Marshall’s emotional journey raises timely concerns at the intersection of LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and immigrant lives within the context of a hard-fought artist’s journey toward success against all odds.

"Remarkably woven together...puts queer struggle into a global perspective without feeling exploitative."

- B.L. Panther (The Spool)

"An immigrant success story...entertaining and poignant...like the drag version of Rocky!"

- Ellen Miller & Scott Duff (Out Chicago WCPT)

"A very Minnesota story...touching in a surprisingly Norman Rockwell and the-value-of-family sort of way...This film shows a good, real, and little-seen side of our beloved hometown."

- Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl (Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine)

"As triumphant and entertaining as the legend herself."

- Newfest

"Watching BeBe create his craft as an artist is nothing less than inspiring...a truly refreshingly honest & entertaining up close and personal profile."

- Roger Walker-Dack (Queer Guru)

"Bold storytelling...It is a gift for an audience, and particularly for fans, to be able to travel on the journey with Marshall for that many years."

- Billie Melissa (Cinematic Faves)

"A document of what can happen in America when imagination and diversity are embraced...a full portrait...lovingly explored."

- Steve Desroches (Provincetown Magazine)

"A wonderful, captivating portrait of an artist who has overcome a lot in her life."

- Mike Dougherty (Director of Festival Programming, Outfest LA; for The Queer Review)

"Relatable and triumphant."

- Stacey Yvonne (Black Girl Nerds)

"I loved it…a modern Cameroonian-American fairy tale."

- Helene Faussart (Singer/composer, Les Nubians)

"It’s incredible that African parents provided that access and support - it shows hope and breaks down stereotypes. BeBe will be an icon for Francophone LGBTQ kids in Africa."

- Matamba Kombila (Filmmaker, Gabon)

"This film is TERRIFIC...Fun, touching, often truly fabulous in the best way, and very much about big cultural issues beyond just BeBe’s adventure."

- Doug Blush (Supervising Editor 20 FEET FROM STARDOM; Consulting Editor MR. SOUL, ICARUS)