Lavender Hill: Learning in Reach presents: Feature film: The Mask You Live in

Sat 19 2017 @ 14:00 - 16:30
  • Venue:   Levana Primary School Hall
  • Event Host:   Learning in Reach & Open Design
  • Admission:   Free entry
  • Contact: Leanne Reid,

About the event:


Learning in Reach, in collaboration with Open Design Cape Town, will present a free screening of the film “The Mask You Live In”. This will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session.

Join us for a better understanding of how society is failing our boys and men through our narrow definition of “masculinity” and the expectations we place on them.


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’ll be asking:

  • How do we raise a healthier generation of men and male role models?
  • What are the changes you would want to see happen in communities on the Cape Flats, including Lavender Hill?
  • How we can use this to redesign our communities on the Cape Flats, including Lavender Hill?
  • What can you do as an individual, NGO, media representative or business to better support and empower boys and men?

VENUE: Levana Primary School Hall, Lavender Hill

Strictly no under 18s.

Light refreshments will be on sale.

Watch the trailer here 


Location: Levana Primary School Hall
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