Star Wars Kid: The Rise of the Digital Shadows

Star Wars Kid: The Rise of the Digital Shadows

Ghyslain Raza was 15 years old in 2003, when his two minutes of fame would make him “patient zero” of web virality. This intimate documentary tells the story of the first viral phenomenon of the digital age.

Raza reflects on his story publicly for the first time, and shares how it still impacts his life almost two decades later. Through his story, we explore our own shared experience, and what it means to have privacy while living in an online world hungry for content.

“Especially today, everyone has a form of digital shadow, right? Mine might be a little bit larger than most, but at the end of the day, we all have this sort of double identity with our online life and our real life…” Ghyslain Raza, March 31, 2022, CBC Radio One, The Current with Matt Galloway

Awards and Nominations

Winner, Gémeaux 2022 (Radio-Canada), for Best Editing: Public Affairs, Documentary


Mathieu Fournier


English, French (subtitles in English)

Film Details

2022, 80 min