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When one-year-old Joel is diagnosed with terminal cancer, his father Ryan begins working on an unusual and poetic video game to honor Joel's life. Following Ryan's family through the creation of the game and the day-to-day realities of Joel’s treatment, Thank You For Playing is a thought-provoking testimony to the empathetic power of art, examining how we process grief through technology in the twenty-first century, and the implications of documenting profound human experiences in a new artistic medium: the video game.

Nominated for three Emmys by the 2017 38th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards, to be announced in October, including Best Editing and Best Documentary.

Directed, Produced & Edited by Malika Zouhali-Worrall & David Osit


"Unimaginably intimate." The New Yorker

"Touching, funny, and strangely existential." The Hollywood Reporter

"Compelling. Transforms a father's confession into a revealing work of art."  The Village Voice

"It is the most important videogame movie ever made." Unwinnable

"Compelling. Poignant. An emotional portrait of a family tragedy. The movie may immortalize a creative endeavor, but it never loses sight of the fact that it's also honoring a life." Variety