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"The Mask You Live In" Film Screening

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University of Indianapolis

1400 East Hanna Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46227

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Written, produced and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, The Mask You Live In follows a diverse group of boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

“Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s documentary The Mask You Live In may be the best hope we have of kick-starting an honest conversation about—and a wholesale reshaping of—what masculinity means in the 21st century.” – Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times

"[The Mask You Live In] is a film every young man and grown man, everywhere, must see." – Cari E. Guittard, Huffington Post “A thought-provoking film that connects the dots between masculinity and behaviors ranging from materialism to sexual violence, Mask features characters tormented by our limited definition of manhood.” – Mother Jones

Join The Domestic Violence Network, University of Indianapolis, and other community partners for our screening of The Mask You Live In, followed by a panel of experts working in the fields of gender studies, violence prevention, and violence intervention!

This screening is a project of Domestic Violence Network's Community Wide Plan, Intersections.

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