Over 20 years ago, Attiya Khan was in an abusive relationship with her then-boyfriend Steve. Today, she’s a prominent feminist who has worked for women’s shelters across the U.S. and Canada. Khan and co-director Lawrence Jackman teamed up to create a unique documentary that aims to evolve the conversation around intimate partner violence.
A Better Man illuminates a unique paradigm for domestic violence prevention and offers a fresh and nuanced look at the healing and revelation that can follow from men taking responsibility for abuse. It also offers opportunities for audience members to play new roles in challenging domestic violence, whether it’s in their own relationships or as part of a broader movement for social change.
Among the 2017 Hot Docs Festival’s most emotionally stunning films, A Better Man takes a brave and open-minded approach to processing trauma and healing associated with intimate partner violence.
Join One World Arts, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, Oxfam Canada, and community partners for a one-time-only screening of A Better Man and a talk with Amanda Dale, Executive Director of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, and Matt Schaaf, Coordinator of the I Can MANifest Change project at OCTEVAW, presented in partnership with Hot Docs and the Ontario Trillium Foundation on December 2 at 1PM at the University of Ottawa, room FTX302 in Fauteux Hall (57 Louis-Pasteur Private). The event is free/by donation, with the proceeds going toward covering event costs and supporting organizations addressing and taking action on gender based, intimate partner, and sexual violence. Join, like and share the Facebook event here.
In addition to the aforementioned partners, One World Arts is grateful for the support of Jessica Ruano (Creator and Director of The Ghomeshi Effect), the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre, OCTEVAW, and the National Film Board of Canada in organizing the December 2 screening of A Better Man and post-film discussion.
One World Arts acknowledges that this event will take place on the unsurrended territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people.
Trigger Warning/Content Warning (TW/CW): A Better Man addresses intimate partner violence and includes explicit descriptions of abuse. Viewer discretion is advised.
A counselor will be present during the event to provide information and support to audience members. If you have any concerns or would like to know more about the film and the event, please feel free to contact event organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more info: http://oneworldfilmfestival.ca/16days-abetterman/