The Mask You Live In

 The Mask You Live In
(2015) on IMDb


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.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s new documentary film, The Mask You Live In, asks: As a society, how are we failing our boys?

Action Steps


1. TAKE THE PLEDGE at The Representation Project to challenge the media and society’s perceptions of masculinity. Redefine what it means to be a man!.

2. MENTOR a child in your community and be a positive role model in their life!

3. DRAW YOUR MASK with boys to create conversation about what hides behind everyone’s mask. You can start this dialogue in your own community.

4. DEMAND BETTER MEDIA using Twitter hashtags and a Media Resolution! Change begins with creating role models for our youth.

Newsom takes on a tough subject with confidence, which makes Mask incredibly effective and moving.
— S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
Some of the points made cry out for sharpening or elaboration.
— Ben Kenigsberg, Variety
Gabriel Zimmer