On the other side of the globe, millions of more or less talented people spend their days singing, chatting and eating in front of a web camera. Anonymous fans donate huge sums of money to these webhosts while watching from the comfort of their homes. This may sound like an episode of "Black Mirror" but is actually a reality in China, where people have taken to livestreaming as a means to make it in a world that yearns for cheap entertainment and substitutes for human interaction. PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE is a shocking and fascinating look at a very special subculture.
PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE is in our main competition programme for international documentaries, Documentaire Extraordinaire.
Hao Wu (China/USA, 1972) Filmography: THE ROAD TO FAME (2013), BEIJING OR BUST (2005)