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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
Ihaluse rahvavabariik, Wirtualna Republika Ludowa
Running Time
1 hours 35 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Hao Wu
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

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This movie was just absolutely amazing. I have never watched a documentary movie like this before. It really got to me, I was really touched. I want to show my friends how this movie really is. You should watch this movie. It really shows the people and how they are affected by this disease.

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Ralph Shaw

How is it that the movie would be put into one of the worst categories? It's an awesome documentary about the life of Michael Jackson and his impact on people. The problems in the UK were just so clearly brought up. Michael Jackson's "misery" in the UK was mentioned, and was just like Michael Jackson's problems in the UK. It seems to be a little too easy to create a documentary about the likes of Michael Jackson. The documentary is just that, and that's why it's so great. It's so entertaining and entertaining and entertaining. It's all good stuff, and it's so entertaining that you can't take your eyes off of the screen.

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Willie Reynolds

How many people really believe that they are going to see a life changing experience when they watch this documentary? This is a stunning example of what happens when you take an ordinary documentary and make it into something special. People are watching the movie for a variety of reasons and it is my hope that this film will encourage them to seek out some of the very best documentaries that are out there and to truly experience life. This is not about the positive life changing experiences that the people that are watching this documentary have, this is about the very personal experiences that the film gives us. It is a beautiful testament to what really makes life and death so important and is a wonderful reminder that we all have the power to change the way we live our lives. I could go on for hours and on about this amazing documentary and I don't know what more I can say about it. I can honestly say that this is one of the most important documentaries I have ever seen and it is a film that should be watched by everyone. This is the real life story of a real human being, and it is a story that is worthy of more attention than it has received. It is so beautifully done and is a beautiful testament to the power of the human spirit. I give this film a 10 out of 10.

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Anthony Miller

Excellent film! I have been following the story of the Jasmine Project, a group of Thai women who have been forced into prostitution in London and who have managed to escape. In the first part of this film, "The Struggle of Jasmine", we see Jasmine in a brothel in London, learning English in order to find a job. She discovers that she is pregnant and therefore must leave her impoverished family to find work, and her plight is illustrated by the beautiful music of Somchai Harnattanidun, a singer, who manages to convey the desperation of Jasmine and of the girls. As the film progresses, we see that all of the girls have been physically and psychologically abused by their pimps, and Jasmine's life is a living hell. This film is a must see. It is important to note that Jasmine's story has been told before in the U.S. - in a 2002 documentary entitled "The Struggle of the Jasmine Project", the film is narrated by Michael Moore. Moore did not know the women who had been in the Jasmine Project, but he presents the same stories in a very serious way, as if we were in their shoes. We are not surprised at what we see in the Jasmine Project, and it is the same in Moore's documentary. You see how this is the case in the Jasmine Project, a story that has been told before in a very serious way. This is a great film!

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This is one of the best documentaries I've seen. It doesn't just focus on the Vietnam War, it's about the economic conditions in Cambodia and the modern day, poor conditions of people in that country. I've never been there, but from what I've read about it, it was just horrible. There was no access to information about this place. The film looks at how the American soldiers forced people to become sex slaves in the war. In the film, the sex slaves were forced to watch a certain movie, to say how much they loved it, or how they would like to be a sex slave. I have never been to Cambodia, but this film really makes you understand why the country is in the state it's in. It's not the reason for this country's existence. It's just because of the poor economic conditions, that there is the "demand" for sex slaves. I haven't read all the comments on this site, but I can't imagine the condition of the people living there. One of the things that really stuck in my mind is that this documentary would make you question yourself about what you've done in your life. One of the things that I was most upset about was that the film was shot in the year 2003, and the cinematography was done in 2005. I felt like the film was really from 2003, but it looks more like 2006. I don't know why, but I felt like they tried to make this film to be really dramatic, and it just didn't work. Also, the director of the film, Juan G. Gomez, has a really interesting point of view, and his sense of humor is really interesting. He has a real good sense of humor, that's a great asset to his work. In my opinion, the film really would have worked better if they had shot the documentary in 2006. The documentary would have been more interesting, but this film would have been better. Overall, I think the film would have been better if they had filmed it in 2006, and it would have been better because the film would have had more of an impact, and the documentary would have been more realistic. Overall, I would definitely recommend this documentary to anyone who is interested in history.

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Donna B.

This documentary is one of the best I have ever seen. It is a great example of the true story of my people. I was thrilled when I saw that this film was nominated for an Oscar. It is an amazing story that was told beautifully and with an eye for detail. I would recommend this film to anyone who has not seen it yet, because you will not be disappointed.

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Larry T.

I just saw this documentary on TV and this is an excellent documentary. The picture of the state of Zimbabwe is very difficult to comprehend, the film shows the country in such a horrible condition, that is almost impossible to get a better image. The government is all corrupt, it is impossible to trust anybody, the people are not free and under the control of the government. The leaders and the people of Zimbabwe have no trust in each other. The government makes a mistake every day. I would like to say that this is the only documentary that I have seen, that shows the state of Zimbabwe and that shows a true picture of the situation of the country. I would like to say that this is a must see movie.

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Deborah A.

This documentary focuses on the underground cinema movement in the 1970s. It was the decade that brought "neo-realism" and "realism" to the American cinema. In this movie, one could watch some of the finest cinematic moments of that era. From "pulp fiction" to "Dune", there is no less than three great directors who participated in this movement. One could learn about the origins of neo-realism and the contribution of western cinema to the new revolutionary cinema. The documentary also touches on the involvement of mainstream Hollywood in supporting the underground cinema movement. It is interesting to see that the movement started by a film student in the 1950s and developed in a wide circle. A classic in the genre. To me, this documentary is a must-see. The director must be mentioned. This film will not be forgotten, thanks to its creators. Thanks for making this documentary.

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Judy Webb

This documentary is the best thing I have seen in my entire life. I'm a lot older now, but I still remember the feeling I had when I saw this film. It was the year of the 90's. It was the golden age of the independent cinema. And I remember so clearly how great and unique this film was. I just watched it for the first time recently and I was so touched by it. This documentary was so well made. It is a documentary that tells us that not only is life a journey, it's also a journey of discovery. This film is a wonderful example of how to tell a story that's interesting and inspiring without making it boring. It is a journey of discovery and in that sense, it's an amazing documentary. I really enjoyed this film so much. It's an amazing documentary that I recommend to everybody.

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Brian Phillips

This is one of the most revealing documentaries I have ever seen. I hope there is a way to see this for free, as I do not have the money to pay for it.

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Jeffrey Patel

The movie is very interesting, if you want to know the real history of how the US is headed. A lot of facts are covered, but it is still a fact, but not always the facts that are important. That is what makes the movie so great. The pictures and the background are wonderful. I love it when they show some real historic things, which are not shown in the movie. I love to watch documentaries, especially documentary movies. If you like documentaries, then you will like this movie.

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I can't think of a better way to describe this documentary. What is important to know is that this is the kind of documentary that helps you think and remember the history of the people that live in the world today. It gives you a view of the future, the past, the past, and how important the present is. It tells you how important your connection with other people is and how important the things you have today can be. It gives you hope for a better tomorrow. It helps you remember what a great experience it was to live in the 20th century. It helps you to think about what you need to do to make a difference in the world. The movie is so inspiring and inspiring. It shows you what's important in your life, and how important it is to make a difference in your community. It teaches you that you can make a difference in the world, but it takes courage. This documentary is so inspiring. It teaches you that if you just have the courage to live your life with hope, to take chances, to see the world for what it is, you can make a difference. And I highly recommend this movie.

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Lori M.

This is a remarkable documentary. It tells the history of the long struggle to bring the revolutionary republic of China to an end. It follows the story of Mao, and how his supporters fought for him to be deposed, so that they could use Mao's name to gain their own political power. It's a remarkable story, and a must see for everyone. I can't recommend it enough.

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This film is really hard to watch. It's extremely emotional and the video is also very well made. I was watching the video and my jaw dropped and I was in disbelief of what was going on. I cannot believe the amount of money that was spent and that some people were happy to do this. I'm not religious but this is absolutely ridiculous. There are hundreds of millions of people in the world that cannot find happiness in their lives. So please save them all the pain they are going through. Please.I beg you. If you have not seen this film yet, go and see it. It is one of the most important films ever made and is a true test of your own beliefs. If you are not prepared to face the truth of your own life then you will not be prepared to live.

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Gary Richardson

When I first watched this film, I thought it was another documentary on the "underground" society, but I was wrong. This is a documentary that tells the history of the underground in China during the Cultural Revolution, and how they fought the CCP and the army. You can tell that this is a documentary that was made to tell the history, so it is a great insight into the China during the Cultural Revolution. I can imagine how hard it was during the Cultural Revolution, and how they tried to keep everyone in line. This is a great documentary that should be seen by all, because the story is very realistic.

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I saw the movie at the Austin Film Festival and I loved it. This movie shows how one small town in Japan actually can do more than any government can, as the Japanese word 'Miki' literally means 'treasure'. There are lots of amazing stories, there is an awesome backdrop, and it really makes you think about what is the true meaning of liberty and democracy. This film really makes you see how important it is for us to really be able to defend our own country and that the government should not be allowed to take away our liberty. This is a very important movie and it really educates people about our liberty and our freedoms. I would really recommend that people watch this movie. I have never seen such an important documentary and I have never felt so bad about what I have done. I would give this movie a 10/10.

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I was lucky enough to go to a screening of this film at the Toronto Film Festival. In the film, we meet some of the most courageous people who, along with this film, have made this movie possible. These courageous people are still in this country today. In their words, their pictures, and their stories are just as valuable as the film itself. A film like this is not easy to make. You need to create a great film about a story that has already been told, and to work in a way that is not only convincing, but that makes you proud to be an American. I hope that the people who watch this film understand that this is a film that you need to make, that you need to believe, that you need to enjoy.

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Martha Silva

I had the opportunity to watch a screening of the documentary in Washington, D.C. during the fourth annual 'Ode to the Fourth of July' weekend, which saw a mix of entertainment and education on the human condition and on the impact of the news media on the public. It was a wonderful and insightful opportunity to connect with the subjects of the film, particularly those of us who were, or are, in the media. We were given the opportunity to hear from several individuals whose lives were affected by the news media. The documentary was a real eye opener to the human condition, which we all want to know more about. At the screening, one of the subjects mentioned to the audience that she has been watching TV news for several years and now has an extensive knowledge of what is happening in the world, but she does not know how to cope with it. The ability to relate to the subjects of the film was incredible. They were as insightful as they were sincere. They were true to the audience, and if you are on the fence about how to deal with this information, do not hesitate to see this film. This is a film you will not want to miss, and will want to see again.

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Frances M.

Some of the greatest films ever made (my personal favorites being, "Eyes Wide Shut", "Punch-Drunk Love", "Forrest Gump" and "Funny Farm"), have been the subject of documentaries. Of course, most of the documentaries on these movies are just a waste of time, but this one is so much more than that. I'm actually quite surprised that the director hasn't released this on DVD, because I think this is the best documentary I have ever seen on any movie ever. It takes you right into the mind of the writer/director and shows how he came up with the story in the first place. So many of the stories in "The Last Emperor" were inspired by his own life, including "The Mother's Club", "The Last Emperor's Children", and the story of how he was hired to write a poem about the emperor. The documentary is pretty intense and I think it's pretty important to know that this is how this movie came about. It's a great thing that the director has so much power to tell this story, because if he didn't have this power, he would have had no idea how to make the movie. That's how this movie was made. So I highly recommend watching this movie. 10/10

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William L.

The former U.S. Ambassador to China for 10 years John Huang is one of the most eloquent and knowledgeable spokespersons for the interests of U.S. and Chinese interests. His opinion is that the U.S. is not a good or desirable partner for China. His view is based on his study of the current political and economic situation in the United States and China. The context for this film is that the Chinese government is planning to "win" their current two-party system, where the Communist Party controls the Communist Party and the Mainland Chinese Communist Party controls the Mainland Chinese Communist Party. John Huang is not comfortable with this. He believes that the Chinese government is not seeking to win this system but to force it to operate in a more "liberal" way. As he explains to the Chinese people, "China is not a democracy. China is a nation ruled by a party that has a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. They are attempting to persuade the Chinese people to make this system work, not to overthrow it. We want a democratic system, but we do not want it to be a dictatorship. That would be a disaster for the people of China."

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Ann Carroll

A truly thought provoking documentary that touches on a range of subjects that go beyond how the financial system and the local government is run. The film offers a range of insight into the local government, how the people of the city of London were able to organize and survive during the 1970s, and how they reacted to the financial crisis of 2008. We also learn about the community of Tottenham, who were the inspiration for the movie, and how they are dealing with a gentrification of their old neighborhood. We also learn about the people of Newcastle who were the target of the government takeover of the city, and how they reacted to it. The film also explores the current financial crisis, and how it affects people on a day-to-day basis. It is an eye-opening documentary that should be viewed by all.

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Amy H.

It is an absolute shame that the truth is so often suppressed. The US government has at best acted very inefficiently in the Iran Contra investigation. It is also astonishing that the truth was not fully known to the public in the 70s and 80s when the scandal broke. In fact, it was so secret that many in the US government, including President Richard Nixon, were involved in covering it up. In fact, it was not until 1999 that the full extent of the scandal became known. I am very grateful to Daniel Ellsberg for his courageous, and often long-winded, testimony to the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. I also thank Jeffrey Wigand for his superb documentary on the Iran Contra affair and for his timely and powerful books about it. Finally, I thank Mike Wallace for a great interview. Mike, I am still wondering if the truth will ever come out.