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by Sébastien Lifshitz


Bambi was born Jean-Pierre Pruvot in a tiny Algerian village in 1935. Even as a child, she refused to meet the expectations of her extended family, choosing instead to find a way to become the woman she always knew herself to be. A Cabaret Carrousel de Paris performance in Algiers in the 1950s proved to be all the encouragement she needed to emigrate to the French capital, assume the stage name of ‘Bambi’ and lead the life she longed for on the music-hall stages. Jean-Pierre, known since then as Marie-Pierre, is now 77 years old. Hers is a story of deep-seated confusion, painful rejection and impassioned courage. An impressive collage of photographs and chansons, archive footage, excerpts from feature films, Super-8 clips and visits to the places of her childhood provides a sensitive chronicle of her liberating transformation into a radiant transsexual woman.

original title: Bambi
country: France
sales agent: Doc & Film International
year: 2013
genre: documentary
directed by: Sébastien Lifshitz
film run: 57'
release date: FR 19/06/2013
producer: Carole Mirabello, Michèle Fourniols
co-producer: Daniel Chabannes de Sars, Corentin Dong-Jin Sénéchal
production: Un Monde Meilleur, Epicentre Films
distributor: Epicentre Films
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