MIFF: People's Republic of Desire



An exploration of the live streaming culture developing in China.

"People's Republic of Desire" is a fascinating insight into the world of online, live streaming, and the multi-million dollar industry that profits from its devoted fanaticism. With open access to two of the biggest competitors on the YY platform, Shen Man and Big Li, we get an unrivalled preview of their performances, the often brash conversations with family, and the emotional toll of their newfound celebrity. Apart from the astounding amount of dollars spent on 'gifts', the most remarkable observation is how the digital world mirrors the wealth-obsessed culture and economic classes IRL. The desire for money.

Anthony Macali

MIFF 2018
95 mins