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Artist Talk featuring Zhu Shengze - dir. Present.Perfect (2019)

Please join us for an Artist talk with Zhu Shengze, director of Present.Perfect. (2019):

What: Artist Talk (presentation + clips + discussion) with filmmaker Zhu Shengze

When: Wednesday, November 20th, 5:30-730pm

Where: GEM Lab (FB 630.15 @ 1250 Guy Street)

Zhu will discuss her filmmaking practice and recent works, with a particular focus on 2019's

Present.Perfect. - winner of the Tiger Award at the 2019 Rotterdam Film Festival - which

screens at RIDM on Nov 20th and 21st.

Her third feature, Present.Perfect., shines a light on the curious world of live-streaming, a singularly contemporary form of human connection and commerce wherein “anchors” document their lives and interact with a virtual audience. Cobbled together from 800 hours of live-streaming footage, Present.Perfect. advances a fascinating documentary portrait of Chinese society by focusing on the most marginalized of these anchors: a chain-smoking burn victim, an uncoordinated street dancer, a man with growth-hormone deficiency, a cattle farm worker, and many others. What emerges is an indelible vision of the world we live in today, when the boundaries between the real and the virtual have never been more porous. [Text source: MOMA].


Out of Focus (2014); Another Year (2016); Present.Perfect. (2019)


- Joshua Neves

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