"Thank You for Playing" Film Screening & Discussion


Thursday, March 30, 2017, 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

The Harvard Ed Portal is proud to present a film screening and discussion of "Thank You For Playing," an acclaimed documentary exploring a family's unique response to their son's cancer diagnosis. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director and producer Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Dr. Nina Huntemann, co-director of Women in Games Boston. The screening is free and open to the public.

Huntemann is also the Director of Academics and Research at edX and Associate Professor of Media Studies at Suffolk University. Women in Games Boston is a professional network for women working in the digital games industry.

More about the film: When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife begin documenting their emotional journey in the form of an unusually beautiful and poetic video game. "Thank You For Playing" follows Ryan and his family over two years through the creation of “That Dragon, Cancer” as it evolves from a cathartic exercise into a critically acclaimed work of art that sets the gaming industry abuzz. Lauded as "unimaginably intimate" by The New Yorker and "profoundly moving" by Indiewire, "Thank You For Playing" is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the ability of art and technology to document profound experiences in the modern age.

View the official trailer: