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.

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Hao Wu



Director: Hao Wu
Executive Producer: Jean Tsien, Sally Jo Fifer, Lois Vossen
Producer: Hao Wu
Cinematographer: Hao Wu
Editor: Hao Wu
Sound Designer: Ron Bochar
Music: Michael Tuller
Principal Cast: Shen Man, Li Xianliang, Jiang Congyong
Additional Credits: Animation & VFX: Eric Jordan, Co-producer: Xin Liu, Consulting Editor: Nanfu Wang, Consulting Producer: Alison Klayman


Jason Ishikawa
Public Film Contact
Hao Wu
Tripod Media LLC
Publicity Contact
David Magdael
Sales Agent
Cinetic Media
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2018
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Animated, Documentary
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: ["China", "United States"]
Language: Chinese
Runtime: 94:25 mins