The Mask You Live In Documentary
"The New Hollywood" Women's Goal Group Inc. was one of many organizations that helped support Jennifer Siebel Newsom in her grassroots efforts to get her (award winning) documentary Miss Representation off the ground. We are proud to further support this amazing woman who is continuing to bring forth conversation and action to better our world. Here is what she is up to now and we feel it will be just as successful and perhaps even more relevant and powerful.
The Mask You Live In is a new documentary film by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. It asks: As a society, how are we failing our boys. As a sister, niece, someday to be a mother, and a girlfriend I find this topic incredibly important. If we are going to focus on inequality with women then it is equally important to question why it exists in the first place and what both sexes can do together to heal wounds that lead to violence and suppression.
Here are some interesting facts: compared to girls, research shows that boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives.
Our society’s failure to recognize and care for the social and emotional well-being of our boys contributes to a nation of young men who navigate adversity and conflict with an incomplete emotional skill set. Whether boys and later men have chosen to resist or conform to this masculine norm, there is loneliness, anxiety, and pain.
The Mask You Live In documentary will examine how gender stereotypes are interconnected with race, class, and circumstance, and how kids are further influenced by the education system, sports culture, and mass media- video games and pornography in particular. The film also highlights the importance of placing emphasis on the social and emotional needs of boys through healthy family communication, alternative teaching strategies, conscious media consumption, positive role modeling and innovative mentorship programs.
Fortunately they have surpassed their original funding goal in 14 days, so their current target is gaining 2,500 backers - in order to build a strong base of support for the film moving forward.
Please watch and forward this video campaign that is not just a documentary film but a movement to help heal our nation.
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