Screenagers DIRECTED BY: DELANEY RUSTON / 2016 / USA / 68 MINUTES / CANADIAN PREMIERE / FILM RATING: G

When her teenage daughter pleads extreme peer group consequences if she isn’t granted her wish for a smartphone, filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston decides to investigate just how this technology has come to dominate the lives of so many millions of people across the planet, and what the impact of so much unlimited and instant access to infinite distraction has had on our relationship with – among other things – the world, reality, our self-esteem, our family relations and even the neurological functioning of our brains. While the focus is on young people and family dynamics, Ruston’s enquiry opens up much more broadly, to a world so wired it can’t think without clicking.