Bambi: A French Woman

Directed by Sébastien Lifshitz2021France83 mins

Marie-Pierre was 17 when she joined the cabaret Le Carrousel de Paris, and that’s the moment her world came alive. She quickly became a must-see performer known as “Bambi.” Transported back in time through her dusted-off Super-8 home movies, Bambi, now 86 years old and said to be one of the first transgender women in France, sits us down for story time. Growing up in Algeria with a family who rejected her gender, Bambi knew she had to get away. Mentored in Paris by drag queens and other trans women, she blossomed as a performer and, more importantly, as herself. From her days on stage, to caring for her mother, and becoming a school teacher, Bambi knew how to reinvent herself and continues to keep everyone guessing.

Go behind the cabaret curtain for a firsthand account of transfeminine life in the 1950s and 60s in this definitive portrait from master French filmmaker Sébastien Lifshitz (Little Girl, Come Undone), who recut and extended his Teddy Award-winning 2013 documentary about Bambi into this marvelous director’s cut.


Masks and proof of vaccination are not required for this screening.
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Original Language Title
Bambi, une nouvelle femme
Sébastien Lifshitz
Running Time
83 mins
In French with English subtitles
North America
Streaming, Documentary Features, Fully-Subtitled Films
Program Note Writer
Sam Berliner
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