The Mask that Grins and Lies is a meditative documentary feature that uncovers the intergenerational silence shrouding black women’s mental illness.
Told through the lens of filmmaker and subject Martine Granby, The Mask That Grins and Lies, follows Martine as she wades into the choppy waters of her own family's past, and examines how they’ll move forward once the stigma of mental illness is out in the open.
Both deeply personal and expansive, the film calls into the light the denial that plagues not only Martine’s family but brings to the surface the larger structural invisibility many face in diagnosis, treatment, and daily life. The Mask That Grins And Lies challenges the mythology of the “strong black woman,” offering often-unseen imagery to challenge what it means to not just survive, but thrive, moving forward even without a cure-all.
Director Martine Granby has worked as a documentarian, producer, video journalist, and educator for The New York Times, Kartemquin Films, Kindling Group, City Bureau, and Global Girl Media. Martine is currently a Producer at BRICTV. She recently co-produced and directed the Emmy-winning #BHeard documentary series, #BHeard Town Halls and weekly magazine-style show, Going in with Brian Vines.
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