Ocean View Secondary School: Feature film: The Mask You Live in

Wed 23 2017 @ 16:00 - 18:30
  • Venue:   Ocean View Secondary School
  • Event Host:   Fruit-Nation & Open Design
  • Admission:   Free
  • Contact: Earl Mentor,

About the event:


FruitNation in collaboration with Open Design Cape Town we 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 our communities including Ocean View?
  • How we can use this to redesign our communities?
  • What can you do as an individual, NGO, media representative or business to better support and empower boys and men?

VENUE: Ocean View Secondary School

Contact person: Shona Mentor – 078 506 4964

Watch the trailer here 


Location: Ocean View Secondary School
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Hydra Avenue, Ocean View, , Kommetjie, South Africa