Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  48 minutes
Date:  2017
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 6 - 12, College, Adults
Color/BW:  Color
Closed captioning available
Interactive transcript available
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Celling Your Soul

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An examination of our love/hate relationships with our digital devices from the first digitally socialized generation, and what we can do about it.

Celling Your Soul

In one short decade, we have totally changed the way we interact with one another. The millennial generation, the first to be socialized in a digital world, is now feeling the unintended consequences.

CELLING YOUR SOUL is a powerful and informative examination of how our young people actually feel about connecting in the digital world and their love/hate relationship with technology. It provides empowering strategies for more fulfilling, balanced, and authentic human interaction within the digital landscape.

The film reveals the effects of 'digital socialization' by taking viewers on a personal journey with a group of high school and college students who through a digital cleanse discover the power of authentic human connectivity, and that there is 'No App' or piece of technology that can ever replace the benefits of human connection.

'I often profess the roots of many of the sustainability issues faced by humanity lie in a separation from the rest of nature...If a failure to identify with the rest of the natural world contributes to a disconnect between our choices and negative environmental and social consequences, what will be the results of isolating ourselves from each other? Use this timely documentary to spur discussions (face to face!) about the important, but often overlooked, impacts our electronics have on social development.' Joy Joann Scrogum, Emerging Technologies Resource Specialist, Co-coordinator of the Sustainable Electronics Initiative, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

'Celling our Soul succeeds in capturing the ways in which cell phones are pervading our lives. It is very engaging and sparks great conversation among young people.' Dr. Roberta Golinkoff, Professor of Education, University of Delaware, Author, Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells us About Raising Successful Children

'Very useful and engaging. Like fish in water, we have come to rely on anytime/anywhere access to information, content, and each other. This is especially true of young people growing up in today's digital environment. This film takes the fish out of water for a fresh perspective on its bowl - and the broader world around it.' Dr. Scott W. Campbell, Professor of Telecommunications, University of Michigan

'An honest and overdue evaluation of how our devices are shaping us...A heartwarming and eye opening understanding that people are more important than devices.' NYC Independent Film Festival

'Celling Your Soul has the potential to intimately connect with students viewers. The students featured provide a level of peer to peer support for the viewers and open a dialogue about the harms of being so closely connected to a cell phone. Through personal stories and revelations the viewer is left with the very provocative question: 'What benefits could a technology cleanse introduce to my life?'' Tara Stamm, Dept of Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University

'The point of the digital cleanse is that it affords participants the opportunity to take an introspective look at how they are socially, emotionally, and biologically affected by technology and reflect on their experience...Celling Your Soul is positive and inclusive.' Jay Gillespie, Wicked Local


Best Documentary, Boston International Kids Film Festival
Best Documentary, The Director's Chair Film Festival
Best Documentary, Docs Without Borders Film
Silver Award, Spotlight Documentary Film Awards
Real to Reel International Film Festival
Stockholm Independent Film Festival
Central Florida Film Festival
New Hampshire Film Festival
New Haven Documentary Film Festival
New York City Independent Film Festival
Miami Independent Film Festival
Docs Without Borders Film Festival
Film Comm
Oktober Film Festival
VOB Film Festival


Main credits

Siani, Joni (film director)
Siani, Joni (film producer)
Siani, Joni (screenwriter)
Siani, Joni (narrator)

Other credits

Edited by Enver Perez; camera, Willmarie Huertas [and 4 others].

Distributor credits

Joni Siani

Joni Siani
Editor: Enver Perez
Camera: Willmarie Huertas, Enver Perez, Antonio Harris, Jimmi Ji, Rick King

Docuseek2 subjects

Youth Issues
Social Psychology
Child Development
Media Literacy
Nonverbal Communication

Distributor subjects

At-risk Youth
Child Development
Digital Culture
Future Studies
Global Issues
Media and Society
Media Literacy
Mental Health
Science, Technology, Society
Social Media


love/hate relationship with digital devices, fist digitally socialized generation, millennial generation, relationship with technology, human interaction in digital landscape, digital socialization, unitended consequences, digital cleanse, high school students, college students, human connectivity, human connection; "Celling Your Soul"; Bullfrog Films

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