China is the first country in the world to classify Internet Addiction as a clinical disorder. Web Junkie spotlights the revolutionary treatment used in Chinese Rehab Centers to treat internet addiction. The film delves into a center in Beijing run by Professor Tao Ran exploring the lives of three Chinese teenagers from the day they arrive at the treatment center, where they undergo military-inspired physical training, until the day they return home.
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS
Web Junkie is co-directed by Shosh Shlam and Hilla Mendalia.
Shosh Shlam is the director and producer of Last Journey into Silence (2003), a story about Holocaust survivors in mental institutions in Israel. It won best Documentary at the Lublin Film Festival, Best Documentary Honorable Mention at Haifa International Film Festival, and the Columbine Award for best documentary. Shosh’s film Good Garbage won an award for best documentary at the Shanghai film festival in China, FICA film festival in Brazil, and an award for best cinematography at the Israeli Documentary Forum Awards.
Hilla Medalia is a Peabody Award-winning director and producer and three-time Emmy nominee. She won the Golden Warsaw Phoenix, jury awards at FIPA, audience award at Woodstock Film Festival, and Faito doc. Most recently Hilla’s Dancing in Jaffa premiered at Tribeca, won the editing award at Docaviv, and was released theatrically in the U.S. and abroad. Her documentary After the Storm (MTV) won the Crystal Heart Award. Her project Numbered, (YES, ARTE) won the Silver Hugo and Best Debut Documentary at the Israeli Documentary Awards.
Web Junkie premiered at Sundance in 2014 and recently debuted theatrically at Bloor Cinema in Toronto. It received an Honorable Mention at Jerusalem Film Festival, screened to a sold out audience at Hong Kong International Film Festival, and has shown at multiple other festivals including Dallas International Film Festival and Reykjavik Shorts&Doc. Pre-sold to the BBC, the film is set to premiere at Film Forum in August 2014 and will also be showing at DOXA Documentary Film Festival (Vancouver), Zlin Film Festival (Czech Republic), and the Sheffield Doc/Fest (Sheffield, England).
The New York Times featured an Op-Doc on Web Junkie, viewable here: