Free screening Tough Guise documentary

Victims of crime week focuses on violence in the media

Trisha Shanks

Arrow Lakes News

Arrow and Slocan Lakes Community Services presents a complimentary screening of Tough Guise 2 on April 19 at the Bonnington Arts Centre. The event is being held in conjunction with Victims of Crime Awareness Week.

Written by Jackson Katz, the documentary argues that the ongoing epidemic of men’s violence is rooted in our inability as a society to move beyond outmoded ideals of manhood. Katz examines mass shootings, day-to-day gun violence, violence against women, bullying, gay-bashing, and American militarism. He provides a stunning look at the violent, sexist, and homophobic messages boys and young men routinely receive from virtually every corner of culture, from television, movies, video games, and advertising to pornography, the sports culture, and political culture. Tough Guise 2 addresses the crisis in masculinity and examines the relationship between pop culture’s construction of masculinity and the reality of being a man in the late 20th century. Katz’s work centers on violence, masculinity and an added focus on media literacy. He has made several documentaries on the representation of women and men in media.

Organizer Carlee Hughes said, “On March 8, we showed Miss Repesentation which examined the inaccurate portrayal of women in the media. This screening will examine men in the media giving a full picture of how our culture is doing a disservice to both genders. Parents of boys and girls, but boys especially will benefit greatly from examining our culture and the effect that the exposure to violent images is having on our children. As a parent, you do not want to miss this film.”


Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and this free event includes an array of complimentary refreshments. After the screening, there will be community/panel discussion led by ASLCS outreach workers Carlee Hughes and Debbie Pitaoulis. Please be advised that this film is recommended to an over 14 audience due to graphic violent images. For further information, contact Carlee Hughes at 250-265-3674 ext. 205.