Film Screening at Williams College Explores Issues of Masculine Identity

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, executive assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 12, 2019—The community is invited to a screening of The Mask You Live In, a film that highlights issues of diversity in ideology, social identity, injustice, as well as prejudice and discrimination, at Williams College. Part of the Social Change Film Series, the screening will be held on Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in Paresky Auditorium. Following the film will be a talkback led by Assistant Visual Resources Curator Kendra Werst. Admission is free and open to the public.

Especially in American culture, masculine identity seems to be confined by many social standards, many of which alienate young men and boys who do not fit standards perfectly. The Mask You Live In, challenges the standard of masculine identity and explores a more substantive and inclusive representation of masculinity. Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a Stanford University graduate who runs the Representation Project, a nonprofit organization that uses film and media as a catalyst for cultural transformation, directed The Mask You Live In and premiered the film at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015.

The Social Change Film Series is a collaboration between the Davis Center at Williams College, the Multicultural Resource Center at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), and the Office of Student Engagement at Bennington College.


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