Magazine article Screen International

Shosh Shlam & Hilla Medalia, Web Junkie

Magazine article Screen International

Shosh Shlam & Hilla Medalia, Web Junkie

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Elbert Wyche talks to the Israeli film-makers about their Sundance World Cinema Documentary selection.

Chinese authorities granted surprising access to Israeli film-makers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia for their World Cinema Documentary selection Web Junkie.

Professor Tao Ran, director of the pioneering rehab facility for 'internet addicts' at Daxong Camp at Beijing Military Hospital, opened his doors to the film-makers.

Medalia and Shlam shot for four months with unfettered access to staff and patients.

Interviews with psychiatrists, nurses and the teenage patients and their parents provide a multi-faceted view of the subject matter and its emotional, psychological and physiological effects.

"I am much younger than Shosh," says Medalia. "I had the computer when I was young so I'm using the technology much more. …

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