Free Virtual Screening: The Mask You Live In (February 3rd – 11th)


Midpen Media is hosting a FREE online youth screening of The Mask You Live In, an investigative documentary directed by California’s First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

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. 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 film can be viewed at home during our virtual screening period, which will last from February 3rd to February 11th. Following the screening, participants will be invited to connect over ZOOM for an online discussion about the major themes of this film. Local experts in Gender and Sexuality Studies will be present to help guide the discussion.

This event is made possible through a grant from the Cal Humanities for All Quick Grant program.