If you missed Attiya Khan’s powerful doc about intimate partner violence, responsibility and reconciliation, now’s your chance. A Better Man will be screening at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema June 9–21. Khan will attend three Q&As during the film’s opening weekend, on Friday, June 9, at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 11, at 8:45 p.m.
A Better Man traces back twenty-two years, when Attiya was eighteen years old and running for her life. She was fleeing an ex-boyfriend, Steve, who’d been abusing her. Now, all these years later, Attiya has asked Steve to meet with her in a coffee shop. Attiya has long moved on with her life, but she continues to bear the emotional scars of their time together. She wants to know how Steve remembers their relationship and how he justifies what he did to her. She wants to know what scars, if any, he bears as well. Most importantly, she wants to know if Steve is willing to take responsibility for his actions.
A Better Man offers a fresh and nuanced look at the healing and revelation that can happen for everyone involved when men take responsibility for their abuse. It also empowers 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.
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