Real-life Black Mirror story of live streamers seeking fame, fortune & human connection in China's digital idol-making universe. Directed by Hao Wu.
NY Times review ... https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/29/movies/peoples-republic-of-desire-review.html
Friday 11/30 following the 2:10pm show with Director Hao Wu
Friday 11/30 following the 7:30pm show with Director Hau Wu & Gady Epstein, The Economists 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 & 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 & Sree Sreenivasan, former Chief Digital Officer of The Met, Columbia University, & the City of New York
*the Q&A on 12/2 following the 2:10pm show will be in Chinese
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 & fortune in China. The film takes us on a vrit 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.
English & Mandarin with English subtitles