One Zero One: The Story of Cybersissy & BayBjane
One Zero One - Die Geschichte von Cybersissy & BayBjane
Germany, 2013, 90 minutes, HD
The story of Cybersissy & Babyjane
One Zero One: The Story of Cybersissy & BayBjane Synopsis

One Zero One is a 90-minute docu-tale, a hybrid of documentary and fiction, following the life of 33-year-old Maroccaine-German Mourad and 48-year-old Dutch Antoine. Mourad is “the smallest drag queen in the world”, at just 149cm tall, he is multi-disabled, and has spent half of his life in hospitals. Mourad has trouble with his legs, no regular fingers or toes, and just one eye (the other is a glass eye, which we see him trade in for a bionic-eye in the movie).


Mourad experiments with his disabilities and, unlike most disabled people, doesn’t hide away in the closet, but rather takes to the stage, starring in Matinee group parties amongst the most beautifully built gogo dancers. This is because schizophrenic Antoine, an academic and artist, discovered Mourad’s skills for being a performer and nurtured them. Friends of Amanda Lepore, the pair perform in nightclubs, club kids on the payroll of Ibiza club owners and Susanne Bartsch in NYC. One Zero One is an arty, visually stunning fairytale capturing Mourad and Antoine’s conversations, thoughts and dreams.




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Reviewed by josephcalingasa
Upon seeing the performances of Cybersissy & BayB Jane I immediately saw hints of Charlie Chaplin mannerisms and rightly so, because their discoverer, Antoine himself pointed out that he looks... more
Upon seeing the performances of Cybersissy & BayB Jane I immediately saw hints of Charlie Chaplin mannerisms and rightly so, because their discoverer, Antoine himself pointed out that he looks up to Chaplin as an artist. This documentary takes viewers a peek on the usual routines of these performers who, like anyone else, have flaws of their own, especially Mourad who was physically flawed and having trouble with his feebly legs. However, these disabilities didn't stop him from being a drag queen and coming up with memorable performances alongside Cybersissy. Their elaborate costumes and fancy make-up were always a sight to behold. Viewers can channel some inspiration from these personalities and living artworks. 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
What draws viewers  at once with this documentary film were the duo's colorful faces and utterly colorful costumes.  These drag queens perform at clubs and do shows under the tutelage... more
What draws viewers  at once with this documentary film were the duo's colorful faces and utterly colorful costumes.  These drag queens perform at clubs and do shows under the tutelage of the artist Antoine, who admits that his schizophrenic tendencies from years past may have a part in the surreal but interesting entertainment that they put up for the audience. This is a film that also has a touching story where it concerns the two featured drag queens like Mourad who was multi-disabled and small for his age. Truly an inspirational story, too! 
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Reviewed by ruralspaceman
“To me, beauty is looks you can never forget. A face should jolt, not soothe.”- John Waters\\r\
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One Zero One is a highly stylised and theatrically baroque hybrid of... more
“To me, beauty is looks you can never forget. A face should jolt, not soothe.”- John Waters\\r\\n\\r\\nOne Zero One is a highly stylised and theatrically baroque hybrid of documentary and fiction or 'docu-fiction' that focuses on the fascinating relationship between the irreverent drag double act, Cyber Sissy and BayB Jane. With more than a hint of John Waters' wonderfully depraved, kitsch creation Divine, Cyber Sissy is similarly a fun house mirror of exaggerated pantomime proportions. Strip away the larger than life persona though and underneath we find a vulnerable, somewhat unhinged middle aged man, this being the 48 year old Dutch artist and academic, Antoine. Brilliantly free thinking and free spirited he is without doubt the visionary innovator of the two, and was the one who recognised the potential that the Moroccan born Mourad had for performance, transforming him into his burlesque alter ego. \\r\\n\\r\\nHeralded as 'the world's smallest drag-queen' at just 149 cm tall, Mourad is also multi-disabled; he struggles walking, has stumped fingers and toes and a glass eye. Far from hiding in the shadows and cowering in the wake of social stigma though he instead remains boldly defiant, remarking that ”I see my body as art, it is beautiful”. Indeed this comment rather encapsulates the films perspective overall which, paralleling the spiky spunky attitude of the performing pair brashly challenges and throws into question certain societal norms around the nature of beauty. The pair could actually perhaps even be seen as living performance art, which would therefore then rather fittingly chime with Mourad's own comments about his body, and also his remark that they 'are a living painting'. \\r\\n\\r\\nAs an artist it is clear that Antoine too sees them both as being like living artworks, and commenting on the differences between the real and performed selves remarks: 'very often people will identify me with the whole outfit, or person, then I say this is something that is created, it isn't necessarily me'. As if to reflect the notion of such delineations of the real and the performed, there is a continual shifting present between more standard documentary conventions like talking head interviews and highly unconventional, staged sequences. Drifting from the real into the fantastical and the chimerical, some scenes are so surreal that they are almost like strange fever dreams. Such scenes in fact bear visual relations to Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing (2012), and also like this documentary there are numerous allusions made to fictional Hollywood cinema.\\r\\n\\r\\nMourad's stage name of BayB Jane comes from the eponymous character played by Bette Davis in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), whilst their full-figured trans-gender friend Amanda Lapore clearly models herself on the sexy screen siren Marilyn Monroe. To further the comparison with Act of Killing, Antoine's Cybersissy creation is even visually comparable to those moments where Herman Koto wears drag, and as with this film there features a number of strange and lavishly staged oneiric sequences that are highly baroque in their grandeur and exaggerated style. These scenes are so fantastical and dreamlike that they wouldn't be out of place in a work by Fellini, and there are even echoes of the great Italian director's playful, self-reflexive fiction and documentary mash-up that is I clowns (1972). \\r\\n\\r\\nAs with this film, One Zero One is also an arty and distinctly bizarre coming together of varying forms, and this multivalent quality seems fitting to the kitsch post-modern bricolage of disparate elements that makes up the overall aesthetic of the performers. In the spirit of Fellini's work, One Zero One is also a gleeful celebration of misfits that rather aptly parallels the drag duo themselves in its obstinate refusal to be put into any one category, and instead it remains refreshingly unclassifiable.\\r\\n
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ruralspaceman  what scene enticed you a lot?
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  • very interesting characters! 

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  • very interesting characters! 
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  • The movie is amazing! very inspirational.

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  • The movie is amazing! very inspirational.
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