Critical Writing Index

Report: Reframing the Montreal Massacre: Strategies for Feminist Media Activism

by Maureen Bradley

Canadian Journal of Communication, 2006, v. 31, pp. 929-936

In the days that followed the Montreal Massacre at the Ecole Polytechnique, December 6, 1989, the Canadian mass media became a discursive battleground regarding violence against women. In response to this phenomenon, I released a half-hour documentary in 1995 entitled Reframing the Montreal Massacre: A Media Interrogation. Designed as a feminist tool for media literacy, the tape deconstructs six key moments in the media coverage of the Massacre. This paper serves as an extended artist's statement to accompany the project's re-release on the Internet, while simultaneously exploring aesthetic and representational strategies that shape the documentary.

ITEM 2006.153 – available for viewing in the Research Centre