The Seattle Public Library and the Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Service will present a film screening of the documentary "The Mask You Live In," followed by a panel discussion about America's definition of masculinity, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636 .

Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. The film with be presented with open captions. American Sign Language voice and signed interpretation will be available during the panel discussion. The film is rated PG-13.

"The Mask You Live In" follows boys and young men as they negotiate America's definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, boys in the film confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, degrade women and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues that boys and young men must navigate to become "real" men. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education and media also weigh in, speaking on how society can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

The post-screening panel discussion will explore the U.S. culture's definition of masculinity; the impact on boys, men and society as a whole; and what can be done about it.