The Mask You Live In

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How do we raise healthier, happier boys to be great men and fathers?

This film is being shown again by popular demand following our previous sold out screening of this film in August.


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The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating mainstream society’s narrow definition of masculinity. You can download the event flyer here.

Location:  Cinema Nova - 380 Lygon St Carlton, 3053 
Date:  Wednesday 2nd December 2015
Time:   Doors open at 6pm, Screening at 6:20pm

YMCA Victoria, and our partners, recognise that promoting respectful relationships and building a gender equitable society are vital for a happier and healthier community. Exploring broader ways of being men remains a significant part of this process.

Q & A Panel

This film screening provides an opportunity to explore intriguing and critical aspects of modern society: how masculinity impacts on boys, men, girls and women, and how we form respectful relationships with each other.

The screening will be followed by an expert panel with Q & A from the audience to share responses and key messages from the film, and reflect on how the issues raised can best be addressed in our community.

Our panel has representatives from Relationships Australia Victoria, YMCA Victoria and community organisations that support children, young people, boys, girls, men and women to promote respectful relationships and gender equity.

Coralie Alison is the Director of Operations for the grassroots campaigns movement Collective Shout. Collective Shout mobilise and equip individuals and groups to target corporations, advertisers, marketers and media who objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services. Coralie has led various Collective Shout campaigns against exploitative businesses including child beauty pageants and lingerie waitresses. Coralie has also appeared on various news programs for comment including more recently The Project TV. 

Ian Boorman is currently the manager of the YMCA Youth Leadership & Development Unit which works towards a goal of inspiring young people to discover their potential. Programs are designed to develop leadership and resilience in young people 8-25. Ian’s background is in Outdoor education and Youth work with a large proportion of his time spent setting up and developing youth mentoring programs for young people living in high rise housing estates. Ian is currently working on developing programs that introduce young people to the concept of social enterprise. 

Mick Cronin is currently the manager of the YMCA Bridge Project which supports disadvantaged young people who have offended or who are at risk of offending to find suitable training, education and employment. He spent 4 years prior to the Bridge Project working in Drug & Alcohol where he worked with disadvantaged young people helping them deal with substance abuse. At the same time he also taught Cert IV in Drug and Alcohol focusing on working with challenging behaviours. Through the YMCA Bridge Project Mick has a passion and determination to reduce recidivism rates in Victoria whilst improving the lives of young people and helping them to reconnect with their families and communities.

Jen Nield is the Coordinator for child, parent and family groups at Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV). Jen first joined RAV as a men's behaviour change program facilitator. After completing a masters of clinical family therapy she focussed on family therapy and couple counselling in RAV's family support services division. Currently with the Practice Development team, Jen is working in both family violence prevention (specifically focussing on healthy relationship programs in schools) and, family violence tertiary support programs (including partner support and post violence parenting programs). Jen's interest in gender arises from the generalised construction of woman as victim and man as perpetrator. She believes this typology may constrain the performance of gender and reaffirm patriarchal definitions of gender roles. Jen has qualifications in experiential and creative arts therapy, social science, family therapy and is currently completing a masters in social work.

The Mask You Live In - Film Synopsis

‘Man up.’ ‘Don’t be a sissy.’ ‘Don’t cry.’ ‘Talk like a man.’ ‘Act like a man.’ ‘Be a man.’ Millions of boys hear these words, these phrases, these commands, almost every day of their lives.

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating mainstream society’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, from the creators of Miss Representation, ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

“Filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newson continues to break down stereotypes in her new film documentary The Mask You Live In” (Entertainment Tonight: watch the clip)

The Mask You Live In has not been classified in Australia or the US. It may be suitable for ages 15+. This film contains some violence, coarse language and adult themes.