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Thank You for Playing

Date of Event: 15/01/2021

Time of Event: 19:00

Location of Event: Online

Director: David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall

Country: USA

Production Year: 2015

The Royal Film Commission – Jordan is pleased to invite you to watch online

The American Documentary

“Thank You for Playing”

On Friday 15th of January 2021 at 7 PM (Local Time)

The link to watch the film will be shared on our social media platforms

it can only be viewed in Jordan

Followed by a virtual discussion

Thank You for Playing

David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, 80 minutes, Documentary, In English, USA, 2015

Ryan and Amy Green learned that their baby son Joel’s rare cancer was terminal – they were devastated. Searching for a way to explore his feelings, Ryan, an indie video game developer, found solace in the most appropriate creative outlet he knew: a video game.

“Thank You For Playing” follows Ryan as he creates a game called “That Dragon, Cancer,” and recruits his wife and sons into the process of documenting their daily life for this unusual work of art. His video game is a poetic exploration of a father’s relationship with his son, an interactive painting, a vivid window into the mind of a grieving parent.

Throughout his creative process, Ryan must decide where to draw the line in sharing his family’s experiences of raising a dying child. From having his sons reenact difficult conversations, to recording Joel’s giggle, to painstakingly photographing every detail of the hospital, Ryan’s life becomes consumed by the complicated process of creating a digital world that mirrors his own.
Combining footage from both Ryan’s real and animated worlds, this film follows his journey of encoding his life into an experience that is “playable” by others, as he continues to care for his son.

The film’s World Premiere was at Tribeca Film Festival. It has won Best Documentary award at Twin Cities Film Festival and Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary award at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards. The film was screened at Cleveland International Film Festival and Cinema Eye Honors Awards.

Film Trailer