It’s called YY, just two little letters that contain multitudes. China’s largest live-streaming platform allows its greatest success stories the chance to make thousands of dollars — and collect thousands of fans, gifts, and other online accolades — just by sharing their lives via an internet connection.
“People’s Republic of Desire,” Hao Wu’s SXSW Grand Jury award-winning documentary follows two such YY streamers, delving into not only their strange lives, but also the lives of the people who watch them for hours a day.
“People’s Republic of Desire” was recently nominated for the IDA Award for Best Writing, and the film will next screen at DOC NYC before arriving in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on November 30.
Additional cities, including Austin, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, and Portland, will be added throughout December.
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