In a digital universe where live streamers earn as much as $200K a month, can virtual relationships replace real-life human connection?
Winner of SXSW’s Grand Jury Prize for Documentary, 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.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Hao Wu. It’s a FREE event, but RSVP is required.
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Learn more about the film: https://www.desire.film/