Across the Veil

About Across the Veil

Commission concerning Somali hate crime issues

This piece was commissioned by the Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) in partnership with The MT Space and the Somali-Muslim Canadian Association of Etobicoke.

Based on the research of the CCBR and submissions detailing personal incidences of hate crimes experienced by members of the Somali-Muslim Community in Etobicoke, The MT Space created this 20 minute performance piece titled Across the VeilAcross the Veil combines the research, personal letters and experiences of victims of hate crimes and social injustices, in an attempt to portray, identify, and engage audiences into contemplating, the issues related to hate crimes in Canada. This 20 minute piece is made up of 6 vignettes which depict incidences of hate crimes and social intolerances as accurately as possible, but in a non-intimidating and at times humorous fashion.

The piece was originally performed at the Somali-Muslim Hate Crime Summit in Etobicoke where it received a jubilant and thunderous standing ovation from a packed audience, which included political dignitaries, the Staff Superintendendent of Toronto Police Services and other distinguished community leaders.

The piecewas recently performed at The Multicultural Inter-Agency Group of Peel conference, Bridging the Gap with the Muslim Community, and at the Communities Working Together Against Hate Crimes public Hate Crimes Forum at the University of Waterloo where it once again received numerous heartfelt praises from community members and organizational leaders.