mandag 28. januar 2019

China’s marginalised live streamers are the stars of a new documentary

China’s live-streaming industry – made up of mostly young women hosting online shows from their well-appointed homes (or studios) for hours on end – is expected to soar in value to 87.3 billion yuan (US$12.9 billion) this year.

But in Present.Perfect, Zhu Shengze’s latest documentary, which premiered on January 27 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, the Wuhan-born, United States-based filmmaker shifts the focus from the internet’s rich and beautiful to its ordinary people. Zhu’s live stream­ers – from farmers and labourers to sweatshop workers and the disabled – film them­selves at home or work responding to questions from real-time viewers.