2019, Shengze Zhu, USA/Hong Kong, 124 min.
- Thu, Oct 31st 6:00pm
Award-winning filmmaker Shengze Zhu (MFA 2017) is celebrated for her incisive portraits of everyday life in China. Her latest film, PRESENT.PERFECT., spotlights the country’s explosive livestreaming phenomenon. Collaged from more than 800 hours of footage from “anchors” who share their lives with a virtual community, the film eschews the medium’s stars to focus on marginalized figures—a burn victim, a crane operator, and a factory farm worker, among others. Each anchor offers an indelible window into Chinese society, defined by physical isolation and virtual sociability. Their collective experiences raise provocative questions about technology and the ever-shifting parameters of community and commerce. DCP digital. (Minh Nguyen)
Shengze Zhu is scheduled appear for audience discussion.