YWCA to Host Screening of "The Mask You Live In"

April 24, 2015

In an effort to help girls enjoy a safe, secure future, the YWCA Central Alabama will focus on the boys.

The agency will host a free screening of "The Mask You Live In," a documentary that focuses on raising a healthier generation of boys and young men, at 6 p.m. on Thursday April 30, 2015. The screening, sponsored by Verizon Wireless, will be held in the YWCA’s Kimerling Chapel, 309 23rd Street North, Birmingham, Alabama 35203.

"The Mask You Live In" follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Written, produced and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2015.

The documentary presents the personal narratives of young boys and men who confront messages that encourage them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflict through violence. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports and education weigh in, offering tactics to combat the “boy crisis.”

“Raising a healthier generation of boys and young men will translate to a healthier generation of girls and young women,” said Jennifer Caraway, director of domestic violence services for the YWCA. “It’s our hope that this film will help young people realize that you don’t have to be tough or violent to be a ‘real’ man.”

Newsom’s first film, "Miss Representation," exposed the ways mainstream media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. In response to overwhelming public demand for ongoing education and social action, Newsom founded The Representation Project. The organization inspires individuals and communities to challenge and overcome limiting stereotypes so that everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation or circumstance can fulfill their human potential.

To reserve a spot at the screening, visit tmyli.eventbrite.com.

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