On a hot summer night 22 years ago, 18-year-old Attiya Khan ran through the streets, frightened for her life. She was fleeing her ex-boyfriend Steve, whoâd been abusing her on a daily basis.
Now, all these years later, Attiya has asked Steve to meet. She wants to know how he remembers their relationship and if he is willing to take responsibility for his violent actions.
This emotionally raw first meeting, filmed by Attiya with Steveâs consent, is the starting point for A Better Man. The rough footage also marks a new beginning in Attiyaâs own recovery processâas well as an important starting point for Steve. For the first time ever, he speaks of the abuse and cracks opens the door to dealing with the past.
Illuminating a new paradigm for domestic-violence prevention, A Better Man offers a frhttps://youtu.be/Ybaq0fQZ78Qesh 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 itâs in their own relationships or as part of a broader movement for social change.
Disclaimer: Â Fernando Fernandez did not write the following synopsis above for the film A Better Man
Screening Times @HOT DOCS 2017
April 30, 6:30 PM@Isabel Bader Theatre
May 1, 1:15 PM@Isabel Bader Theatre
May 6, 4:00 PM@Scotiabank Theatre