Web Junkie


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Fri, May 30, 2014 6:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sat, May 31, 2014 6:00 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, Jun 1, 2014 3:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Mon, Jun 2, 2014 6:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Tue, Jun 3, 2014 4:00 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Tue, Jun 3, 2014 8:45 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Wed, Jun 4, 2014 3:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Thu, Jun 5, 2014 3:30 PM
Film Info
Runtime:74 minutes
Country Listing:Israel
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Shosh Shlam
Hilla Medalia
Cinema Extra
Distributed by:KinoSmith Inc.


China is the first country to label Internet addiction a clinical disorder. With extraordinary intimacy, Web Junkie investigates a Beijing treatment centre, exploring the cases of three young teenagers who enter a three-month rehabilitation program aiming to cure them of their addiction. Youth from the ages of 13 to 18 take part in this program, and are forced to undergo military-inspired physical training. Throughout their stay at the clinic, the patients are patrolled by military guards who protect their quarters which, like a prison, are surrounded by gates and fences. Despite these conditions, parents voluntarily send their children, relinquishing personal involvement. The treatment is very expensive; however parents often feel they have no choice but to borrow money, in hopes of steering their kids away from the Internet and towards redeveloping their real life communication skills. Web Junkie provides a microcosm of modern Chinese life and takes a look at one of the ongoing symptoms of the so-called Internet age.

Director Shosh Shlam will participate in Q&As on Friday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 31, at 6:00 p.m.

In English and Mandarin, with English subtitles.

Co-presented by Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival.

Additional Information

Nominated—Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2014

"Rich and emotionally rewarding."Indiewire