Join us for this special FREE SCREENING of the provocative documentary Play Again, featuring a post-film discussion with producer Meg Merrill!
“Everyone should see this film!” - Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods
“Poses a crucial question: Will children raised without contact with the natural world work to protect it?” - Science Magazine
“It is a powerful film … We can and must unplug our children, give them the access to the natural world that is so essential to their development, and restore childhood!” - Robin Mann, President, Sierra Club
One generation from now most people in the US will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature. New media technologies have improved our lives in countless ways. Information now appears with a click. Overseas friends are part of our daily lives. And even grandma loves Wii. But what are we missing when we live behind screens? And how will this impact our children, our society, and eventually, our planet? At a time when children play more behind screens than outside, Play Again explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds. Is our connection to nature disappearing down the digital rabbit hole?
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. 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. (Dir. by Tonje Hessen Schei, 2010, 80 mins., Not Rated, Ground Productions) Digital