Gay Essential Documentaries To Watch, One Zero One: The Story of Cybersissy & BayBjane (One Zero One – Die Geschichte von Cybersissy & BayBjane)

Antoine “Dutch” Timmermans (as himself) and the German Mourad (as himself) are two close drag-performers who work internationally in party-circuits and love spending their free time together. Renowned as Cybersissy, the former is an artist and a spontaneous, gentle soul with a troubled past and mental health issues. Excelling in pantomime and freakish, unrivaled shows, the man brings his real life persona into his unusual, but original and highly inventive performances. As a Dutch academic and an unrestrained creative mind, Antoine translates the full depth of his psyche, including his schizofrenic episodes, into a unique burlesque experience.

His partner, Mourad, is 149 cm tall and well-known as „the smallest drag queen in the world”. Under the alias of Baybjane, the man also has only one eye, stumped fingers and unequal legs, having spent most of his life in homes for the disabled. Despite his impairments, Mourad managed to succeed in his career as the equally bizarre counterpart of Cybersissy. The two nightclub entertainers garner attention through their spunk and fearless attitude, redefining live performance art in a completely unconventional and free-spirited manner. The non-fiction part of One Zero One: The Story of Cybersissy & BayBjane (One Zero One – Die Geschichte von Cybersissy & BayBjane) includes interviews, club productions, as well as private “behind the scenes” material.

One Zero One: The Story of Cybersissy & BayBjane

Critics

“Seamlessly fusing fairy tale, narrative and performance footage”
   7X7

“Touching, unconditional declaration of love to two heroines of self-representation”
   Der Spiegel

“Both have disabilities, Mourad physical, Antoine mental.  They do not see their illnesses as a blemish, but rather celebrate their own differentness”
   Die Welt

Did You Know?

The Story of One Zero One: The Story of Cybersissy & BayBjane (One Zero One – Die Geschichte von Cybersissy & BayBjane) is a popular documentale – a hybrid project combining fiction and biographical material – and this is Tim Lienhard’s first independent feature film. The director has been creating documentaries for the past 30 years and has previously worked with renowned LGBT personalities such as Patti Smith, Quentin Crisp and Nan Goldin. Review our Gay Themed Films Here

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