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“Men’s Voice” short documentary film premieres on International Men’s Day

Championing positive male role models in the community – that was the goal of locally produced short documentary film “Men’s Voice.”

On Monday (20 November) evening, the Family Resource Centre-commissioned film premiered to mark International Men’s Day.

“Many males suffer issues in silence due to the way we are socialised,” Health Minister Hon. Dwayne Seymour said to the packed-out audience who gathered to watch the film.

“How many times have you heard expressions like ‘man up,’ ‘take it like a man,’ ‘big boys don’t cry’?” he asked the audience.

He added: “I heard it all my life”.

Mr. Seymour explained: “Feeding into stereotypes which insist males need to be unemotional and stoic often leads to boys and men not being comfortable with showing vulnerability or acknowledging they have problems.”

He shared his own experience: “trust me I know about it. I wouldn’t surrender at all.”

Produced in conjunction with the Family Resource Centre, the film collated voices from across Cayman, to acknowledge the challenges facing men and boys and support them in the community.

One such voice was artist Joseph Betty, who explained:

“I was in a place where I became very angry because I was trying to find an identity that wasn’t there. It was meaningless,” he admitted.

The film urged a call to action, to discuss issues and help find solutions. But in spite of the serious tone of the issues, the Health Minister was still able to raise a laugh.

“I did not have a make-up artist, no powder, no blush. I didn’t know if my lips were chapped,” he said of the filming process, to laughs from the spectators.

There were prizes, too, for the packed-out audience. But the biggest winners? Those who were brave enough to “man up” and share their stories.

At the premiere, the team encountered some technical difficulties. The version of “Men’s Voice” shown at the event was not the final edit.

But the FRC said that the final cut will be available for people to check out online.

About the author

Caroline James

Caroline James

Caroline joined Cayman 27 in September 2018 after seven years working for Sky News in London, both as a Producer on the World News programme and, latterly, as News Editor on the Foreign Desk, where she led coverage on the ground of stories as diverse as the 2016 US Election, corruption allegations surrounding FIFA and The Oscars. Before this, she worked as a Producer for Associated Press Television News (APTN) for two years, based in their London headquarters. Caroline graduated with a BA Hons degree in Arabic, French and German from Durham University, before gaining an MA in Television Journalism with distinction at City University, London. When not hunting down stories in Cayman, she can be found playing tennis, practicing Bikram yoga or enjoying a beer on Seven Mile Beach. You can reach Caroline at carolinejames@hurleysmedia.ky or 326-2243.

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