PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE

NR  |  1 hour 35 minutes • Archived

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Village East Cinema: Q&As Friday 11/30 following the 2:10pm show with Director Hao Wu; Friday 11/30 following the 7:30pm show with Director Hau Wu and Gady Epstein, The Economist‘s media editor; Sunday 12/2 following the 2:10pm show with Director Hao Wu*; Sunday 12/2 following the 4:40pm show with Director Hao Wu and Isaac Stone Fish, senior fellow at the Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations; Sunday 12/2 following the 7:30pm show with Director Hao Wu and Sree Sreenivasan, former Chief Digital Officer of The Met, Columbia University, and the City of New York

*the Q&A on 12/2 following the 2:10pm show will be in Chinese

About

In a digital universe where live streamers earn as much as $200K a month, can virtual relationships replace real-life human connection? PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE tells the stories of two such online stars who've risen from isolation to fame and fortune in China. The film takes us on a vérité journey through their live streaming showrooms, which have become virtual gathering places for hundreds of millions - from the super rich who lavish performers with digital gifts, to poor migrant workers who worship them. The characters are brought together in a series of bizarre online idol competitions, where they discover that happiness in their virtual world may be as elusive as in the real one.

Directed By

Hao Wu

Language

English and Mandarin with English subtitles

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