Mandarin with English subtitles, 2013, 79 minutes, color, Israel/U.S.A.
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.
Directors: Shosh Shlam, Hilla Medalia
Producers: Hilla Medalia, Shosh Shlam, Neta Zwebner-Zaibert
Executive Producers: Eve Ensler, Morgan Spurlock, Dan Cogan, Jenny Raskin, Jeremy Chilnick
Editor: Enat Sidi
Cinematographer: Sun Shaogang
Music: Ran Bagno
Principal Cast: Array