Grace, Trinity, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Churches of Evanston are offering to the community a free screening of the documentary film, The Mask You Live In, on Saturday April 18th at Grace Lutheran Church of Evanston (1430 South Blvd.). Doors open at 5:00 pm and the film will be shown at 5:30 pm. For those who are interested, there will be a facilitated discussion following the screening. (The screening is free to all, with a suggested donation of $5.)
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.
We are pleased to share this film, which is only available via private screening, with our community. The film addresses issues that are critical to families in and beyond our congregations, and we believe the event will foster meaningful consideration, discussion, and action together.
Space is limited, so please RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/themaskscreening.
The film is suitable for teens 16+. There are scenes dealing with strong topics that may not be suitable for younger viewers.