Hi everyone – we’re hoping to screen this very interesting film this Fall for Frames of Mind. Is there a kind colleague willing to be the discussant? Please email me at Harry.Karlinsky@vch.ca<mailto:Harry.Karlinsky@vch.ca> if you’re interested – thanks!
Directors: Shosh Shlam, Hilla Medalia
Israel/U.S.A., 2013, 79 minutes
China is one of the first countries in the world to label overuse of the Internet a clinical condition. To combat what authorities deem the greatest social crisis for youth today, the Chinese government has created treatment facilities to detox and cure teenagers of their addictions to online life.
But what starts out as an already-fascinating look at ways that technology may be destroying the lives of Chinese youth quickly becomes something more. As the unorthodox psychological sessions continue and the teenage boys begin to share with their parents the reasons why they feel more connected to disassociated voices in cyberspace than to their families, Web Junkie chronicles the results of a nation going through one of most drastic transformations in human history. In honest and wrenching ways that transcend national borders, this film is a thoughtful examination of a society in flux and a technology-addled generation on the precipice of an unknown future. (In Mandarin with English subtitles)