In a digital universe where live streamers earn as much as $200k a month, can virtual relationships replace real-life human connection? PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE tells the stories of two such online stars who've risen from isolation to fame and fortune in China. Their online showrooms have become virtual gathering places for their millions of fans - from the super rich who lavish them with digital gifts, to poor migrant workers who worship them. All these characters are brought together in a series of bizarre online idol competitions, where they discover that happiness in the virtual world may be as elusive as in the real one.

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Critics Consensus: People's Republic of Desire fascinates and repels in equal measure with a sadly illuminating look at the intersection between technology and our relationship with celebrity.


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