Published on: 23 March 2017

Our Year 10 boys were invited to a screening of the US documentary The Mask You Live In which follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating society’s narrow definition of masculinity.

The screening was held as part of the School’s Personal and Spiritual Development (PSD) curriculum. The School believes that the content and challenging questions portrayed in this film are relevant and appropriate in encouraging all young men to be true to themselves, in light of potential obstacles they may face throughout life.

“This documentary is quite profound and challenges society’s narrow definition of masculinity. It has been an absolute privilege to see this initiate some critical thinking, awareness, discussion and action around what it is to be a ‘good man’ in today’s world” says Liam Casson, Director for The Wynne Centre for Boys’ Health and Wellbeing.

Parents are encouraged to explore some of the questions posed to students from this documentary and hold dialogue with their son/s on this important issue.

Suggested questions for discussion could be:

  1. What were the key messages you took away from the movie?
  2. What do you feel the perceptions of what a ‘real man’ is?
  3. What is your perception of what a ‘real man’ is and why?
  4. What sort of relationships do you have in your life?
  5. How are you positively contributing to these relationships?
  6. Where do you feel like you are being the ‘real you’ and your most authentic self?

Christ Church will be hosting a community screening of The Mask You Live In on Wednesday 17 May in its Senior Staffroom. Further details on the screening will be communicated through CCGS World and the CCGS Facebook page over coming weeks.

A trailer of the documentary can be viewed below.