The purpose of the Beyond #MeToo Project is to eliminate male violence against women on campus and at large - locally, nationally, and internationally. It is a project run with, by, and for university students to ensure that their voices can be heard and honoured. They gathered together to explore our current culture of male violence against women, to listen to music of women singer/songwriters challenging patriarchy, and to create their own songs and music videos. Through creating their own music, they experienced the power of music for personal and sociocultural transformation.
With the intent of achieving the greatest impact possible, all the resources from the project are made available online free of charge for any wanting to use them in their own work to end male violence against women. These resources include: the film, the music videos, the workshop, & workshop materials.
The film, Beyond #MeToo, explores the use of music to challenge our culture of male violence against women. It captures the experiences of Concordia university music therapy professor and students/alumni as they listen to women’s stories in pop culture and then create their own songs and music videos giving voice to their own understanding of male violence. Their songs are the ultimate testimony to resilience, resistance and empowerment. Filmmaker and university professor, Sandi Curtis, is a music therapist with over 20 years of experience in social activism and work with women and girl survivors of violence.
THE MUSIC VIDEOS
Each of the music videos created as part of the Beyond #MeToo project is available free for viewing or use in work to end male violence against women.
Dear Patriarchy, Emily Reuangrith
I Take Them Back, Marie-Fatima Rudolf
On Se Souvient, Eleanor Hart
Speak, Trina Chakrabarti
To Be Free, Sandi Curtis
You Should’ve Known Better, Ingrid Wissink
A video of the Beyond #MeToo project workshop is available for viewing or showing in work to end male violence against women.
A PDF of the Beyond #MeToo project workshop slides is available for those wishing to run their own workshop in their work to end male violence against women.
READING SUPPORT FOR DISCUSSIONS
ABOUT MALE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND THE USE OF POP MUSIC
Music for Women (Survivors of Violence): An Interactive Feminist Music Therapy eBook
by Sandra Curtis (Available now from Barcelona Publishers)
Check it out on Global TV
This project was completed under the direction of Sandra Curtis, PhD, Co-Investigator, Creative Arts Therapies Department, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University and supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, IMPACTS: Collaborations to Address Sexual Violence on Campus; SSHRC Partnership Grant Number 895-2016-1026, Project Director, Shaheen Shariff, PhD, McGill University.