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People's Republic of Desire

As an entire generation has come of age on social media, virtual relationships are slowly replacing real-life human connections. And China has taken it to an extreme. Here, live streaming has become the most popular online entertainment for hundreds of millions. People's Republic of Desire provides a vérité journey into this digital universe, where young performers earn as much as US$150,000 a month singing, dancing or doing talk shows to live, interactive audiences of tens of thousands. Their fans include China's super rich, who each night lavish virtual gifts on their favorite performers (40% of the money paid for these gifts go to the performers), and the dirt poor, many of them migrant workers in urban areas searching for a cheap way to be entertained, to feel connected. The film follows three young characters - a singer, a comedian, and a migrant worker - as they search for fame, fortune and human connection in live streaming. We also meet their families, those managing the online talents, and those with money who control the fate of these talents, behind the scenes much like the Wizard of Oz. The story culminates in the bizarre annual online idol competition, in which the rich can buy unlimited amount of votes for their favorite performers. There our characters realize that money alone pulls the strings in this virtual universe, and human connection and personal happiness remain as illusive online as-perhaps even more so than- in our real and broken world.

Other Titles
Wirtualna Republika Ludowa, Ihaluse rahvavabariik
Running Time
1 hours 35 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary
Director
Hao Wu
Country
China
Year
2018
Audio Languages
Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about documentary «People's Republic of Desire» (8)

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Karen Ellis

I've watched this documentary several times. It is amazing how documentary films are able to make people feel and think about things that they have never thought about. I highly recommend this documentary to everyone. It has many great scenes that have been captured through interviews with the people involved in this film and a number of documentaries. There is also great footage of the struggles of the peasants and the struggles of the communists to bring about the revolution. The documentary does a great job of showing the everyday life of the peasants, the struggles of the communists, and the final events of the revolution. The documentary also shows how people involved in the revolution could be changed by their experiences in the revolution. The documentary is well worth watching.

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Judy O.

A documentary that really helped me to understand the world a little more. What's so great about this film is that it really exposes the human element and how we have a very difficult time understanding each other. You get to see the complexities of the human being and the more complex you make it, the more difficult it becomes. This film really makes you realize how much we need to learn about each other, and that sometimes, we're just not ready to understand each other, or sometimes we're not willing to open up and talk about what we have in common. I also learned a lot about what I was learning about my own identity and the meanings that I have for each and every day. This film really helped me to understand my self, and I think it's going to help you understand you yourself. I really recommend this film to anyone who's just looking for a simple but powerful documentary that will change your life. It will also make you appreciate the things that you have in your life and make you want to do more for yourself.

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Austin J.

First of all I'd like to say that I am not a communist, but I'm a lover of this film. I first saw this film in the movie theater in Russia when I was about 15 years old. At that time I had a girlfriend. I've always admired this film, and it was the first movie I ever saw in a theater, so I had a chance to watch it again. I've seen it several times since then, and I still love it. I think the reason why I liked it so much is because it is about the struggle of a girl and her lover to find a way to get out of a horrible situation. I was so impressed with this movie. The only thing I can say that is annoying is that it is a bit slow. The director tried to make the movie fast, but I think it's very important to make the movie slow. I think it would be much more interesting if the movie was a bit slow. I was so impressed by this movie that I bought the DVD, and I was just about to buy the DVD. I watched the movie in English, but I can understand it in Russian. But I don't know if that's the best way to watch the movie. It's a good thing that the director is Russian, because it makes me feel more connected to the movie. I think that this movie is so good because it makes you think about the things you can do with your life. And I think that it's important to do this, because a lot of people don't have the chance to do this. I think that this movie is a very good movie that should be watched by everybody.

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Jane Kelley

This documentary is absolutely great. It is a very important and inspirational documentary that will take you into the heart of the revolution. It is a story about how a revolutionary movement was born. It shows how it was the first in China and how it spread throughout the country. It shows how the masses of people were fed up with their government and decided to rebel. It shows how they organized a massive uprising and changed the world. It shows how the government tried to suppress the revolution but eventually gave up and fled. It shows how the revolution spread to other countries and how it changed the world. It also shows how the revolution changed the way people think and live. The documentary is a great source of information and it will change the way you think about the world. I highly recommend this documentary.

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Amanda Nelson

I just finished watching the documentary, and I can't wait to see it again! I was shocked to see how the people of Vietnam had suffered during the war, and now they are being punished for it. I feel that this film is very important, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in the subject. The way the people of Vietnam are portrayed is very realistic and the way the people of Vietnam were portrayed is very realistic and accurate. I feel that this is a great film, and I think that everyone should watch it.

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Margaret F.

It is sad to see that so many people are ignorant to the truth and not to take a stand against this dangerous system. It is sad to see that there are so many people who are willing to do what is right for themselves and not what is right for others. The people of the world have the right to make their own choices but the right to do so without being afraid to be judged. We should not be afraid of our choices, but we should be willing to use our freedom to live our lives in a way that is right for us. The only way to make this world a better place is to make the choice to use our freedom to live our lives in a way that is right for us. Thank you to the people who made this documentary. It is a beautiful film that will touch the hearts of people all over the world.

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Christine L.

The best documentary I've seen. It captures the complete story, from start to finish. It takes you through the true life of one man's struggle to get a film made, to achieve his dream, and to get the world to see this story. I'm not surprised that he has received more than $20,000 in donations. People need to see this film. I have yet to meet a person who does not agree with the message, and I have never heard of a single negative comment from anyone. The only one I saw was "we don't need more independent films", but then I thought that it's possible for the public to have a different opinion. This is a story that needs to be told, and the people who have contributed to this film deserve to be heard.

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Janice B.

I have seen the film in a screening at a local theater. I've been watching it for weeks now, and I am still discovering things I missed during the screening. The film is really powerful. The people who are watching this film are in a different part of the world. They are probably very different from me, but the films are similar. I think this film is really important. I don't understand why people are not watching this film. I think it is really important to educate people about the plight of women in the Third World. The film shows how poor women can have the same basic needs as men. The film also shows how there is no choice for women in the Third World. It is impossible to marry a woman if she is already married. It is impossible to buy a house if she is already living in a very poor village. Women who do not have to work are able to take care of their children, and to get their health care. They are able to take care of themselves and their family. The film is very good, and it really needs to be watched. I hope that people see it and decide to help the people in the Third World.