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Wu's fascinating, deeply alarming film ushers us into a bold new world where our pleasure is simulated, but our pain is real.
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People's Republic of Desire

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.

Played at

Monica Film Center, 11.30.18 - 12.06.18
Rated NR This film is subtitled This film is subtitled
Runtime: 95 min
Language: Mandarin
FEATURED REVIEW: David Ehrlich, indieWire
On an ordinary morning in 2016, more than 540,000 people in China watched a live-streamed video of a baby eating breakfast. And while the baby was adorable — everything about the toddler’s image, from her bowl cut to her penguin t-shirt, engineered for maximum cuteness &m...