Monday on POV: ‘Web Junkie’: Has China found a cure for Internet addiction?

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Monday on POV: ‘Web Junkie’: Has China found a cure for Internet addiction?
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A scene from Web Junkie. Credit: Dogwoof Global

Tune-in alert! ‘Web Junkie,’ Monday, July 13 on POV

When the words “China” and “Internet” appear in the same sentence, the word “censorship” is usually close by. But in at least one aspect of the Internet revolution, China is establishing a precedent the rest of the world could soon follow. China is the first country in the world to classify Internet addiction as a clinical disorder, the cure for which is the subject of Web Junkie, an intimate and sometimes jarring documentary having its national broadcast premiere on POV on Monday, July 13 at 10 p.m. (check local listings).

The film follows the treatment of Chinese teenagers whose preference for the virtual world over the real one is summed up in one jarring statement: “Reality is too fake.” Award-winning Israeli filmmakers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia were given incredibly open access to Daxing Boot Camp, a three-month military style anti-addiction program in Beijing designed for patients 13 to 18 years old. Web Junkie, an Official Selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, portrays the rehabilitation process and the evolving diagnosis behind it. And check out Jane E. Brody’s recent New York Times article about screen addiction.
Stay tuned to POV next week for Talal Derki’s Return to Homs, Monday, July 20 at 10 p.m. (check local listings).

POV Hackathon Chicago - August 15-16. Apply by July 10!

POV Hackathon, POV’s weekend lab for “reinventing the documentary” is coming to Chicago for the first time! If you are a nonfiction filmmaker, a web developer, a multimedia journalist, a digital artist or just interested in storytelling and technology, you can propose an idea now, or just let us know that you'd love to join a team.

The submission deadline is Friday, July 10 at 12 midnight CT. POV Hackathon 9 will take place the weekend of August 15-16, in partnership with Kartemquin Films, a collaborative center for documentary media makers who seek to foster a more engaged and empowered society, and The Chicago Innovation Exchange, the University of Chicago's new center to help scholars and entrepreneurs translate their ideas and new technologies into start-up businesses and products.

Explore previous projects and apply at

L-R: POV’s Aubrey Gallegos, Lauren Burke, Mikaela Shwer, Melissa Garcia Velez, Angy Rivera. Credit: POV | American Documentary.

NYC premiere of ‘Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie)’ at DCTV

On June 25, POV partnered with DCTV for the New York City premiere of Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) as part of DCTV Presents. Panelists for the post-screening Q&A included director Mikaela Shwer, film subject Angy Rivera; Lauren Burke, co-founder and executive director of Atlas: DIY; and Melissa Garcia Velez, a member of the New York State Youth Leadership Council. Read all about the packed event on the POV blog. Want to host your own screening of the film? Join our Community Network.

Hannah & Philly's newborn baby in Tough Love. Credit: eyeWANG Pictures.

‘Tough Love’: Free resources to start the conversation

Engage your community in a conversation around issues of family reunification and the child welfare system with free resources from POV:

• Discussion Guide
• Standards-Aligned Lesson Plan
• Delve Deeper Reading List
• Borrow Tough Love for free from the POV Community Network.

Questions about hosting an event or using these free resources in your work? Contact

Tough Love had its POV premiere this past Monday, and continues to stream online through August 6. Watch here! Make sure to register your Premiere Party for a chance to win documentary swag, plus popcorn, chocolate and coffee.

Tuesday, July 14 on America ReFramed: Classic novel unites students from two different Southern communities

More than 50 years after its release, Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” continues to impact young people and raise important questions around race relations in the U.S. Just in time for the release of Lee’s sequel, “Go Set a Watchman,” check out Sandra Jaffe’s powerful documentary Our Mockingbird on Tuesday, July 14 at 8 p.m. ET on WORLD Channel. (Check local listings). Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter, and weigh in on the conversation online: #AmericaReframed.

Also, check out our American Justice lineup all month:

• 7/21: Purgatorio - Dir. Rodrigo Reyes
• 7/25: Mothers of Bedford (Special Saturday Presentation) - Dir. Jenifer McShane
• 7/28: Cambodian Son - Dir. Masahiro Sugano

Upcoming funding and festival deadlines

Don't wait until the next newsletter to find out about a deadline! Visit POV’s ‘For Filmmakers’ Calendar.

• July 10: POV Hackathon 9 (Chicago): Application Deadline
• July 13: DOK Leipzig: Final Film Submission Deadline and Submission Deadline For Interactive Projects
• July 17: DOC NYC: WAB Extended Submission Deadline
• July 31: Ambulante: Submission Deadline
• July 31: DOK Leipzig: Registration Deadline for Co-Production Meeting Submissions
• July 31: DOK Leipzig Net Lab Conference: Interactive Projects Submission Deadline
• August 1: IDFA 2015: Film Entry Deadline for Documentaries completed after April 1, 2015

View rolling deadlines and more funding opportunities, calls for entries, festivals and other documentary events on POV's For Filmmakers Calendar.

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Upcoming POV Screenings

Tough Love
Portland, Maine
Thursday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Portland Public Library
Join Portland Public Library for a free screening of Tough Love. A facilitated discussion will follow the screening. For more information, visit the library's events page.

Attention Educators

If you are an educator or community organizer and would like to receive updates about upcoming films, free lesson plans and discussion guides, borrow DVDs from our free Lending Library, help spread the word about a broadcast, or continue the dialogue around a film's issues, join our Community Network by registering online (it's free!).

Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts, and Schumann Media Center.  Additional funding comes from Nancy Blachman and David desJardins, Bertha Foundation, The Fledgling Fund, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Ettinger Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee, and public television viewers. POV is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including KQED San Francisco, WGBH Boston and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG.
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