PLAY AGAIN – documentary film
Running time 80 minutes
Light Fare and Conversation: 6:30 pm
Film and Discussion: 7 pm
at Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road, Litchfield CT 06759
There is no question that technology – televisions, computers, cell phones, iPads ,etc. – have significantly changed the way we live. Some of these changes are good, allowing rapid dissemination of information access to more information and more connectivity with fellow humans. But there’s also a down side. For many people, especially children, screens have become the de facto medium by which the greater world is experienced. A virtual world of digitally transmitted pictures, voices, and scenarios has become more real to many in this generation than the world of sun, water, air, and living organisms, including fellow humans.
This moving and humorous documentary follows six teenagers who, like the “average American child,” spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. PLAY AGAIN unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure – no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality.
The long-term consequences of this experiment on human development remain to be seen, but the stakes couldn’t be higher. By most accounts, this generation will face multiple crises — environmental, economic and social. Will this screen world — and its bevy of virtual experiences — have adequately prepared these “digital natives” to address the problems they’ll face, problems on whose resolution their own survival may depend?
Through the voices of children and leading experts including journalist Richard Louv, sociologist Juliet Schor, environmental writer Bill McKibben, educators Diane Levin and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, neuroscientist Gary Small, parks advocate Charles Jordan, and geneticist David Suzuki, PLAY AGAIN investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature and encourages action for a sustainable future.