China and Inner Asia
People's Republic of Desire
Directed by Hao Wu. 2018. China / United States. 95 minutes.
Country/Region Featured: China.
In person Q&A with Hao Wu
In a real-life Black Mirror story, two live streamers seek fame, fortune and human connection in China’s digital idol-making universe, ultimately finding the same promises and perils online as in their real lives. This highly acclaimed and ultimately disturbing documentary explores China’s extreme forms of cyber escapism, and the omnipresent platform that caters to and makes money of the isolation and ennui plaguing China’s youth. Winner of Grand Jury Award at 2018 SXSW.
Distributed by Torch Films.