The voice behind the video is Tonya GJ Prince an expert in healing violence and abuse at the intersections. She has founded several projects designed to help others to heal, prevent, and overcome both domestic and sexual violence. Tonya is an author, activist, advocate, Survivor, speaker, counselor, & mentor. She is the editor of WESurviveAbuse.com and SurvivorAffirmations.com,BraidtheLadder.org, which aids residents of shelters, was also founded by Tonya.
Tonya’s unique service emphasis has been dedicated to; crisis counseling, education, centering the voices of victims and cross-cultural empathy and storytelling.
Tonya GJ Prince holds a BS in Organizational Management & Development from Bluefield College.
Published on Dec 18, 2013, Used with permission of The Representation Project.
The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.
Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.
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.
|I’m a survivor of sexual abuse. As a child, I kept quiet; as an adult, I “forgot.” When I felt safe, I faced my abuse and talked about it. The more open I am in sharing my pain and recovery, the more healed I become.|
Tony Porter is an author, educator, and activist working to advance social justice issues. As the co-founder of A CALL TO MEN, Tony is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood. He is an international lecturer for the U.S. State Department, having extensive global experience in Brazil, UK, India, and Africa, and has been a guest presenter to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Tony is the author of “Breaking Out of the Man Box” and the visionary for “NFL Dads: Dedicated to Daughters.” Tony’s 2010 TED Talk has been named by GQ Magazine as one of the “Top 10 TED Talks Every Man Should See.”
Scenes from Boys and Men Healing filmed by KATHY BARBINI, from BigVloice Pictures
Kathy Barbini, founder of Big Voice Pictures, and producer/director is an award-winning independent documentary and television producer. Prior to founding Big Voice Pictures, she worked as a producer for The Discovery Channel’s multi-award winning educational documentary series Assignment Discovery. Ms. Barbini recently produced Pursuit of Truth, an educational documentary for Vertigo Charitable Foundation, which has received recognition and won awards in numerous film festivals.
Simon Weinberg, co-owner of Big Voice Pictures,, LLC PRODUCER/DIRECTOR is a producer, distributor and outreach strategies for documentaries and theatrical films, and has over 20 years experience. He is also a contracted motivational speaker for the military and leading organizations.
Boys and Men Healing Documentary
“Has the potential to transform.”
Jim Hopper, Ph.D., 1in6.org
Matthew Mendel, Ph.D., Psychologist, and Author
Chrys Ballerano, NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Boys and Men Healing is a documentary about the impact the sexual abuse of boys has on both the individual and society and the importance of healing and speaking out for male survivors to end the devastating effects. The film portrays stories of three courageous non-offending men whose arduous healing helped them reclaim their lives—while giving them a powerful voice to speak out and take bold action toward prevention for other boys. The film includes a support group of men and is a testimony to the importance of men finding safe places to support one another and share their stories together. The film was produced in association with the International Documentary Association.
“AN EXCELLENT FILM”
Ernesto Mujica, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst NYSPA Division of Psychoanalysis
“WILL HAVE A PROFOUND EFFECT”
Eileen King, Regional Director, Justice for Children
“TOUCHING AND BRAVE”
Alex Bottinelli, Resource Coordinator Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
“ADDRESSES CRITICAL PROBLEM OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE”
Rhonda Perkins, Customer Care Coordinator, Prevention Education
Eddie Farey, Law Enforcement
Printed with permission from BigVoice Pictures.
I am blessed to have BigVoice Pictures in my circle of support members. From my heart, I say thank you! Kathy Barbini and Simon Weinberg.