Independent Lens

Vote$ for Livestreamers | People's Republic of Desire

Clip: Season 20 Episode 12 | 2m 24s | Video has closed captioning.

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens film People's Republic of Desire, despite often destitute circumstances, fans of the most famous livestreaming performers in China--like Big Li and Shen Man--spend loads of their own money to see them become number one. Dabao, a talent manager and wife of Big Li, tearfully wonders what he's done to deserve such fervent followers.

Aired: 02/25/19

Rating: NR

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