The Family Resource Center is marking International Men’s Day on Monday by premiering a locally produced documentary on men’s issues. The film, “Men’s Voice,” will be screened at Camana Bay Cinema at 6 p.m. and is free to the public.
Anna-Marie Diaz, program facilitator for the center, said this is the eighth year International Men’s Day has been observed and this year’s theme is positive role models. She said the idea of producing a documentary showing men discussing male issues fit in well with some of their support programs. Some of those interviewed are part of the Boyz 2 Men program at John Gray High School.
“A lot of them speak to the importance of having a male role model,” Ms. Diaz said.
After seeing some documentaries from other countries, she said, “I thought, ‘We need to get on the bandwagon here. We have to focus on our men and our boys if our country is going to thrive.”
She said her husband, Freddie Diaz, is directing the film. Center officials created the storyline. Production started in October, she said.
The film will not disappear after Men’s Day, she added.
“We definitely aim to push it and keep the communication going,” Ms. Diaz said, by incorporating the film into the agency’s offerings. “We’re going to look into creating the relevant workshops and programs.”
She said people can visit the center’s Facebook page to nominate positive male role models. Those who do are eligible to win a prize.
A trailer for the film can be found at https://youtu.be/5j-UCzU4k0s