Maschile Plurale is a network of men's groups who for many years have been debating issues concerning the male experience. We have found that male identities do not come naturally to men. In the numerous stories we have listened to, many men feel that "to become a real man" one has to learn how to be different from "women or gay men". In most cases, "different" implies "superior to". Maschile Plurale doesn't agree with this precept.
As we, men, search for non-authoritarian ways to live, we often encounter the issue of male violence. Violence appears to be a "normal" aspect of male relations: with other men and women and with gay men and lesbian women. Maschile Plurale in response looks at deconstructing the phenomenon. We look at all the cultural and personal features that allow gender violence to not only be possible but also acceptable.
We are not saying that gender violence is "man's original sin" as if it were a genetic flaw. By reflecting and discussing our personal stories, we find we want to relate differently to others and to give up past behaviors. Each one of us wants to improve our rapport with the people we work and live with. As we believe our personal anecdotes are not merely our own but concern all men, Maschile Plurale wants to make a public statement. For years now, Maschile Plurale has attended training courses and meeting with anti-violence centers, meetings in schools, gay pride parades and public demonstrations against male violence.
November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women, is just one of the many days we try to implement our commitment. In November 2009, Maschile plurale organized a public forum about violence. An open letter, "From Man to Man", was our contribution to the public debate. We do not think male violence against women is a "women's issue". The “From Man to Man” video documents the public meeting we organized in Rome. It includes the open letter and statements gathered with a video box.
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I made this work - I call it "a video-manifesto" - for the Maschile Plurale network at the beginning of 2011, assisted and supported by my friend Andrea Baglioni.
I produced, directed and shooted the video, with additional footage by Marco Carli, Riccardo Russo, Santi Minasi (Sony cameras PD-170 and PD-150, Sennheiser microphones) and with Roberto Mencherini's collaboration. The editing was made by me (Final Cut Pro).