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Captivated: Finding Freedom in a Media Captive Culture

Captivated features insights from media experts as well as personal stories from individuals and families who have escaped media addiction and learned to make discerning and God-honoring choices about their use of media technology.

  • Item 501496D
  • Region: All
  • Media Type: DVD
  • Running Time: 107 min.

Alternate formats: Digital Video - $7.99

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Awards

  • Best Documentary Over $50,000 - Gold

    ICVM Crown Awards, June 2013

Description

Everywhere we go, we are surrounded by screens. Have we entered a techno utopia or a virtual prison? Most would agree that we are a media-saturated society, but what effect is all this media having on us individually and culturally? People of all ages are reporting that their unchecked media consumption has led to disconnection, discontentment, and captivity.

Captivated features insights from media experts as well as personal stories from individuals and families who have escaped media addiction and learned to make discerning and God-honoring choices about their use of media technology.

This feature-length documentary is not anti-media or anti-technology, but it raises critical concerns about our culture’s seemingly unchecked enthusiasm for media consumption. It highlights the overwhelming evidence of growing problems on multiple fronts, including the potential physical, psychological, moral, and spiritual impacts of media technology when used or consumed without discretion.

Features outstanding interviews with Ray Comfort, Bob Waliszewsi, Dr. Ted Baehr, Dr. Jeff Myers, Kerby Anderson, Kevin Swanson, Dr. David Walsh, Al Menconi, Dr. Dimitri Christakis, Dick Rolfe, Phil Chalmers, Professor Mark Bauerlein, Maggie Jackson, and more. Widescreen.

Bonus Features:
Optional Spanish Subtitles
Closed Captioned
Over Two Hours of Extras
Extended Interviews
A Word from the Producer
Movie Trailer

Editorial Reviews

Video screens are a ubiquitous feature of modern society. What does that mean for humanity today? This Christian-based documentary makes a handful of compelling nondenominational points, while exploring topics such as the contemporary condition of being wired—sometimes 24/7—to the Internet and other types of media. Presenting interviews with media users, pastors, educators, doctors, and others, filmmakers Phillip Telfer and Colin Gunn argue that media is deceitful, offering an illusion of connection that might only exist in the mind of the beholder. An avid Facebook user here talks about the false sense of community she felt as a participant, followed by the relief she experienced when giving it up cold turkey, although she adds that she won't necessarily leave it behind forever—a conflicted viewpoint that may sum up how many people feel about social networking. Other forms of media are also considered, including TV shows and sports. As a faith-based program, one clear point made here concerns how "media addiction" distracts people from following God (an argument perhaps as old as media itself—excepting the Gutenberg Bible and other religious texts). The irony of using video to make a case against media is not lost on the viewer; in fact, it only enriches the debate that is sure to be sparked by this powerful and timely (if also a little long) documentary. Recommended.

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