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Film Screening: People’s Republic of Desire

December 2, 2018

A walk through the weird world of live-streaming in China
Followed by a conversation with Director WU Hao and Isaac Stone Fish

Sunday, December 2, 4:40 PM
Event Fee: Members: $10; Non-Members: $12
Speaker’s Name: WU Hao, Isaac Stone Fish
Location: Village East Cinema, 181-189 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

In China’s digital universe, where live streamers earn as much as $200,000 a month, can virtual relationships replace real-life human connection? PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE tells the stories of two Chinese online stars who have risen from isolation to fame and fortune. The film takes us on a vérité journey through their live-streaming showrooms, which have become virtual gathering places for hundreds of millions – from the super-rich who lavish performers with digital gifts to the poor migrant workers who worship them. The characters are brought together in a series of bizarre online idol competitions, where they discover that happiness in their virtual world may be as elusive as in the real one.

‘People’s Republic of Desire’ – Official Trailer

Following the film, attendees are invited to stay for an exclusive conversation between Wu Hao, the film’s director, and journalist Isaac Stone Fish, a senior fellow at the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations.

WU Hao is a technology executive-turned-filmmaker who takes a raw and human approach to story-telling in an era when culture evolves online. Wu previously held management roles at Alibaba, TripAdvisor and [email protected] He is now a fellow at Washington D.C.-based think tank, New America. His documentary films have received support from Ford Foundation JustFilms, ITVS, Sundance, Tribeca and international broadcasters. Director, Producer, Cinematographer, and Editor of People’s Republic of Desire.

Isaac Stone Fish is a journalist and a senior fellow at the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations; he is also a contributor to CBSN, an international affairs analyst for PRI’s The World, and a visiting fellow at the German Marshall Fund. Previously he served as Foreign Policy‘s Asia Editor. A fluent Mandarin speaker and formerly a Beijing correspondent for Newsweek, Stone Fish spent seven years living in China.


December 2, 2018
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