Captivated: Finding Freedom in a Media Captive Culture

DVD Release: December 16, 2011
Captivated: Finding Freedom in a Media Captive Culture


Everywhere we go we are surrounded by screens. Have we entered a techno utopia or virtual prison? Should we be celebrating unreservedly or should we be cautious and skeptical? Is it the greatest leap in productivity or the biggest setback from the things most meaningful in life? Has today’s connectivity drawn us closer to one another or strangely more disjointed? Is our social experience richer and deeper or more shallow and artificial? Is it all of these things or none of them? Discover insightful answers to these questions from media experts, church leaders, and inspiring individuals and families from across the country. Most importantly you’ll discover how God’s word addresses the unique media challenges we face today.

Dove Review

“Captivated” is a documentary that focuses on how media is being consumed by today’s culture and the dangers that lie in being obsessed with social networking. Phillip Telfer does a wonderful job interviewing a variety of experts from child psychologists to media watchdog groups. He takes us on an eye-opening journey into the habits of families and individuals who are so caught up in staying current in their friend’s and social group’s lives that they have forgotten how to live their own. He explores the historical origins of virtual communities and how for many their texting, tweeting and facebooking have become an addiction, not just a habit.

The film shows how you can plan media-free time with your family so you can restore some sanity to your lives. It also makes the case for leadership in the home, regular Bible reading and prayer as a family unit. You get a true sense that God is speaking to us today when Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:16, “Redeem the time for the days are evil.” We are pleased to award this informative documentary our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages and encourage you to watch this together as a family or with your church group.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: Man with cigarette in the background but we don't see him smoke.
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Media Talk 101
Director: Phillip Telfer and Colin Gunn
Producer: Phillip Telfer
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 107 min.
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe