Documentary Film: "The Mask You Live In"

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Westport Library partners with the Westport Young Woman’s League to screen the award-winning documentary The Mask You Live In. The film follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. 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. (2015, 1h 37m) Register online.

Community partner: Westport Young Woman’s League

After the screening, WYWL member Naree Viner will moderate a discussion with panelists Harold Bailey, Jr., Addie Hogue, Sherry Minniti D'Elia, Douglas Moser and Dan Woog.

Harold Bailey, Jr., is Chair of TEAMWestport (Together Effectively Achieving Multicultrualism). Members, who are appointed by Westport’s First Selectman and volunteer their time, believe there are important benefits to our children, ourselves, our neighbors and our towns in doing so. Harold Bailey, Jr. is President of Aisha & Co. LLC. He was formerly CEO, Americas for Show Business Software, Ltd. He is a trustee emeritus of Brown University, his alma mater, from which he also received an honorary Ph.D. He is also a board member of the Westport Country Playhouse, and a founding member of the Stamford chapter of 100 Black Men. Bailey received the Anti-Defamation League's Distinguished Community Leadership award in 2005.

Addie Hogue attended Saugatuck Elementary School, Bedford Middle School and is currently a junior at Staples High School. She is a member of the crew team for Saugatuck Rowing Club, and participates in community service through several local and national charities. She is a member of The Junior State of America, a National non-partisan organization focused on equipping youth with leadership skills, helping teens fight apathy and teaching them how to become active civic participants. Addie lives in Westport with her mother, father, two brothers and dog, Coco.

Sherry Minniti D'Elia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in private practice for over 20 years and helps people struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, relationship issues and self-esteem.

Douglas Moser is an award-winning theatre and film director who will be leading a class “Writing Your Truth”, a creative writing workshop for the LGBTQ community starting April 16th at the Westport Writers' Workshop. Doug's new novel Pussy Boy bridges the gap between Young Adult and adult themes as a boy and his family learn how to deal with increased bullying.

Dan Woog is the long-time boys' Varsity soccer coach for Staples High School, founder of OutSpoken, Fairfield County's LGBT youth group, and full-time freelance writer known locally for "06880: Where Westport Meets the World".

Large Reading Room
Teen, Films

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