Web Junkie


The Buzz Thu, Jul 31, 2014 9:00 AM
Sponsored by: FOOD INK - Chef-Writer Janice Binkert - Chef Harlan "Pete" Peterson
Film Info
Section:Free Movies at The Buzz
Release Year:2013
Runtime:74 min.
Production Country:Israel
Original Language:English
Web Site:http://webjunkiemovie.com/about
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Shosh Shlam
Hilla Medalia
Produced by:Hilla Medalia
Shosh Shlam
Neta Zwebner-Zaibert
Cinematography:Shaoguang Sun
Editing By:Enat Sidi
Music By:Ran Bagno


In China, the government has dubbed “internet addiction” as the new number one public health concern among teenagers. To combat this perceived plague among modern youth, they open the world’s first internet rehab center in a prison-like building outside of Beijing—one of 400 planned to open across the country. Directors Shosh Shlam (“Good Garbage,” TCFF ‘13) and Hilla Medalia’s eye-opening documentary focuses on 16-year-old Hope and his time in and out of the detox center, from his immersion in fantasy games and massive online communities to the bizarre treatments offered as a cure. “Web Junkie” offers a fascinating window into the rapidly-changing cultural landscape of modern China and the generational gap between those in power and the youth upon whom the country’s hopes are pinned.