Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, November 30:
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE
DOC NYC, Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc Edge, Seattle, CAAMFest, Melbourne, Fantasia, Documenta
A look at a disturbing online world of popularity and fandom in China.
The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
This stranger than fiction project explores the phenomenon of China’s live-streaming showrooms, where ordinary people can find legions of fans and financial rewards. Hao Wu profiles two unlikely stars of this online world – a karaoke singer and a rags-to-riches comedian – as they seek fame, fortune, and human connection only to find the same promises and perils online as in their real lives.