Event: Doc Spot Film Series: The People’s Republic of Desire

When:

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Categories:

Films

Department:

Media Library

About this Event

In China’s mammoth digital society, a parallel universe where idolized live streamers earn as much as $200k a month, virtual relationships replace real-life human connection.

“People’s Republic of Desire” tells the stories of two such online stars who have risen out of nowhere to fame and fortune. 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 for their success.

This highly acclaimed and ultimately disturbing documentary explores China’s extreme forms of cyber escapism, and the omnipresent platform that caters to the isolation and ennui plaguing China’s youth, an online culture approaching dystopian proportions.

The Fall 2019 Doc Spot screenings focus on the growing infrastructure of the online world, and the people making it happen – the tech designers constructing artificial intelligence, criminals coding their crimes, and the ordinary people becoming Internet sensations on streaming platforms.

Now in its 11th season, the Doc Spot Film Series is presented by the UNT Media Library and features thought-provoking and timely documentaries. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch.

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