The 2014 CMU International Film Festival: Faces of Work examines the modern phenomenon of internet addiction in China in Web Junkie !
Join us for a fascinating post-screening discussion with Director Shosh Shlam and a special message from Dr. Kimberly Young, internet addiction expert and founder of the first internet addiction clinic in the US!
Tickets: $5 seniors and students* | $8 'workers' (general admission)
*present a valid student/OSHER ID to receive discounted pricing
Presented in Conjunction with CMU's Science and Humanities Scholars Program
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"I think that our identity as human beings is damaged in a way. What is your identity? If you are all the time connected to somebody, who are you?" —Director Shosh Shlam
In a social landscape characterized by constant screen staring, where do we draw the line at "too much"? Where exactly is that border between reasonably indulgent and dangerously unhealthy? Web Junkie takes us behind the barbed wire fences of a Beijing Military facility where incessant Internet use is treated as a disease. Patients are teenagers who have given up on school, family, and friends for life in a desk chair; gaming is their heroin. With boot camp drills and therapy sessions, advisors attempt to alleviate this life-debilitating problem that can compel people to refuse food or bathroom breaks. We hear the perspectives of several "addicts," teenage boys who find more pleasure in the virtual world than in the real world. Their accounts are at times humorous, dismal, and often quite alarming--one even describes a suicide attempt. Web Junkie is a darkly disturbing and amusingly weird portrait of delinquency—a unique account of the work that goes into "fixing" a human mind.
If you're not familiar with the CMU campus, the McConomy Auditorium is located inside the University Center building which is not too hard to find. There is also free parking for visitors -- but only after 5 PM on weeknights and weekends at the outdoor parking lot near Forbes and Morewood. And if you were standing on Forbes facing the main campus (near the bus shelter at Forbes & Morewood), you would see the famous 'Walking to the Sky' sculpture (where people appear to walking up a 10-story angled pole) in front of you, and the University Center would be very long building to your left. The McConomy Auditorium is on the 1st floor of the University Center not too far from the cafe areas. Please print out this campus map before you go http://www.cmu.edu/homeimages/campus-map/CMU_MapColor_8x11.pdf#8.5x 11 -- the University Center is Building #30 on this map
Here is what the McConomy Auditorium looks like inside http://www.cmu.edu/university-center/about/spaces/mcconomy.html