People’s Republic of Desire: A Film By Hao Wu
“Tragic and terrifying in equal measure.” – IndieWire
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.
Join us for a preview screening of SXSW prize-winner People’s Republic of Desire, a film by Hao Wu, co-presented by Jing Daily and China Film Insider. Jing Daily is the leading digital publication on luxury consumer trends in China. It’s sister site, China Film Insider, reports on China’s fast-growing entertainment sector.
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