Don’t miss this great film opportunity.  Builds on  important work in classes around gender stereotypes and self image. 

Here’s what we published three weeks ago:

On Wednesday 14 September at  6:30 pm  in the Gym,  our Parent Network is hosting a movie night at the school to screen the award winning documentary ‘The Mask You Live In‘.  The focus of this film directly supports the work being done at school around respectful relationships. Teachers are accessing resources in classrooms that are directly related to the film’s messages about challenging stereotypes and ideas around masculinity.  While this film is  rated for adult viewing and while it is not being shown to students, short edits of sections of this film, which are suitable for our students,  are  available for our teachers to use in classes.  It would therefore be very good for parents to have  an understanding of the film and the important messages. This film is made by the same team that produced “Miss Representation“, which we would love to screen again.

The statistics around our boys and young men are concerning. Rates of self harm and suicide are incredibly high for boys and men aged 14 – 35 compared to women and we have all seen data around domestic violence that says that many our young men are becoming perpetrators. We invite you to come along and join the conversation about what we can do work to toward a better outlook for our generation boys and young men.

From the films website:

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating a 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.

This is an adults only screening as the film does contain some strong language and adult themes. We can offer some care for kindy and school age children by negotiation if needed.


If you would like to attend this free event, please RSVP via our event page. We hope to see you there!