Live-streaming has exploded in China and become one of the most proﬁtable industries over the past several years. While it produces enormous revenues and numerous “Internet celebrities”, it also provides a popular gathering place for masses of Chinese netizens. People that would never cross paths in the real world are now connected in virtual showrooms and interact in real-time, and one could instantaneously experience what others are experiencing. Such digital hangouts become unprecedentedly crucial for those craving for social connection but shunned in real life because of their identity, disability and social-economic status.
About the director: Shengze Zhu is a documentary ﬁlmmaker and producer. Out of Focus (2014) is Zhu’s directorial feature debut, which premiered at the Cinéma du Réel in France. Her second feature documentary Another Year (2016) premiered at the Visions du Réel in Switzerland and received the Sesterce d’or / Best Film Award; it also received the Grand Prize at the RIDM Montreal International Documentary Festival, the Critic’s Award at the Olhar de Cinema (Brazil), and was honored as “Top 10 Films of the Year” in 2016 by 24 Images magazine (Canada). Present.Perfect (2019) is her third feature, which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and received the prestigious Tiger Award.