Documentary – The Mask You Live In (2015)

Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Presented by Empowering Youth, Exploring Justice
America’s narrow definition of masculinity demands that boys often sacrifice intimacy, ridicule emotional expression and reject anything feminine. They are taught to degrade women and solve issues with violence. The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves in a society of oppressive gender expectations. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become what society dictates are real men. We are joined by members of the Cleveland-area organization, Empowering Youth, Exploring Justice (EYEJ), who work to empower students emotionally and professionally as they build the foundations of their futures.