"People’s Republic of Desire" presents the lives of two online stars who rose from obscurity to fame and fortune in China. The film takes us on a verité journey through their live streaming showrooms, which have become virtual gathering places for millions—from the super-rich who lavish the performers with digital gifts, to poor migrant workers who idolise them. The protagonists are brought together through a series of bizarre online idol competitions, where they discover that happiness in their virtual world may be as elusive as in real life.
The film won the Grand Jury Winner award in the Documentary Feature category at the 2018 South by #SouthwestFilmFestival, and in the International Documentary category at the 2018 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The film also competed at the 2018 #StockholmInternationalFilmFestival.
A documentary by Hao Wu
Rating: NC16 (Some Coarse Language)
Running Time: 95 mins
Language: Mandarin (with English subtitles)
Thursday, 21 February 2019
7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Level 16, The Pod, National Library Building
Late-comers will not be admitted after 8pm.
Free admission. Register now via https://bit.ly/2RGJ0xG
This series features Asian cinematic stories that offer critical perspectives and interpretations of global issues. In this third edition, Alt Screen: On Phenomena explores occurrences, trends, habits and routines through documentaries that examine the impact of specific issues affecting modern societies. This series is organised by the National Library and the Asian Film Archive.
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The venue is at Level 16 of the National Library Building. For access to Level 16, please proceed to the lift lobby opposite the information counter at Level 1.