Lifting ‘The Mask’ at Belfast library

Oct 14, 2016
The Representation Project’s latest documentary, “The Mask You Live,” will be screened and discussed at Belfast Free Library.

Belfast — Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., will screen “The Mask You Live In” (2015, USA), a documentary that follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definition of masculinity, Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m.

From the director of the award-winning documentary “Miss Representation” comes a film that looks at gender stereotypes and ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

Following the screening, there will be a community discussion co-facilitated by members of BelFem, a new activist and education-focused group exploring issues pertaining to gender, race, sexuality and health. Lindsey Piper, nurse practitioner at Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center, and Nicolle Littrell, filmmaker and faculty in the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at UMaine, will lead the discussion, along with representatives from New Hope for Women.

Earlier that day, New Hope for Women will display their annual exhibit “An Empty Place at the Table” in the Kramer Gallery of the library. In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, there will be an exhibit in the Kramer Gallery of art created by survivors of domestic violence who participated in New Hope for Women’s Healing Through Art Support Group over the last few years.

The public is invited to come see the exhibit and stay for the free screening of “The Mask You Live In.” The film presentation is co-sponsored by the Belfast Free Library, BelFem and New Hope for Women. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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