Directed by Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia
74 min | 2013 | Israel/USA | Not Rated
Presented in Mandarin with English subtitles.
*Post-film discussion with Dr. Elizabeth Howell
China is the first country to label “Internet addiction” a clinical disorder. With extraordinary intimacy, Web Junkie investigates a Beijing rehab center where Chinese teenagers are deprogrammed, focusing on three teens, their parents, and the health professionals determined to help them kick their habit.
Official Selection: 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 2014 CPH:DOX, 2014 Sheffield Doc/Fest
Speaker Bio: Dr. Elizabeth Howell was President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine from 2005-2007, she served on the initial board of the American Board of Addiction Medicine from 2007-2011 and she is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Howell has also served as Chairperson of the Utah Physicians Licensing Board and was appointed a member of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse of the Natural Institute of Health. Dr. Howell is board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and holds a lifetime certification from the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Since 2005, she has been Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Utah School of Medicine with an inpatient and outpatient practice at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute. She is Training Director for the Addiction Psychiatry fellowship program at the University of Utah.