Thank You for Playing

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Thank You For Playing[1] is an American documentary film produced and directed by Malika Zouhali-Worrall and David Osit. The film follows the development of the video game That Dragon, Cancer, which tells the story of Ryan and Amy Green raising their son Joel who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Thank You For Playing
Directed byDavid Osit & Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Produced byDavid Osit & Malika Zouhali-Worrall
CinematographyDavid Osit
Edited byDavid Osit & Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Distributed byFilmBuff
Running time
81 Minutes
CountryUnited States


Thank You For Playing premiered on April 17, 2015 at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film was nationally broadcast on POV during the 2016-2017 season on PBS.[2]


The film has been praised by video game publication Unwinnable, which called it "the most important videogame movie ever made."[3]

In his review for The Hollywood Reporter Justin Lowe said "By turns touching, funny and sometimes strangely existential, David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall’s documentary, destined for broadcast on public television’s POV program next year, succeeds in telling a highly personal story in a surprisingly relatable manner."[4]


2015 - Twin Cities Film Festival - Best Documentary[5]
2016 - Cinema Eye Honors nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation[6]
2017 - News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary[7]
2017 - News & Documentary Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary[8]
2017 - News & Documentary Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Editing, Documentary[9]


  1. ^ "Home". Thank You For Playing. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  2. ^ "POV Acquires U.S. Rights for National Broadcast Premiere of Thank You for Playing on PBS". POV's Documentary Blog. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  3. ^ "A Good Start | Unwinnable". Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  4. ^ "'Thank You For Playing': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
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