A Better Man: Actions Matter

November 23, 2017

*Content warning: domestic abuse*
We know the facts. We know that women and girls continue to be more at risk of experiencing many forms of violence than men and boys. As a society, we must ask ourselves why and – more importantly – what can we do? On November 23rd, two days before the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence begins (on November 25th), join Reel Causes for the Vancouver Premiere of the NFB’s gripping documentary A Better Man. This inspiring and courageous film follows Attiya Khan as she reaches out to her former abuser, inviting him to participate in A Better Man, a documentary project that sets out to reframe the complex issue of domestic abuse. The film screening is in support of We Can BC and Battered Women’s Support Services. There will be a post-film Q&A with local activists working to end gender-based violence in the local community.

The Film

A Better Man

November 23, 2017,
Doors: 6:30 PM, Show Time: 7:00 PM

Running time: 79 minutes

Reel Causes is proud to present the Vancouver Premiere of the NFB documentary A Better Man. 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, who’d 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 Steve’s consent, is the starting point for A Better Man. The rough footage also marks a new beginning in Attiya’s own recovery process—as 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 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.


Directed by Attiya Khan and Lawrence Jackman (IMDB) | Film IMDB | Official Site
Showing at:
Djavad Mowafaghian Theatre, SFU Woodward's
Location:
149 W. Hastings

The Cause

Battered Women’s Support Services

Battered Women’s Support Services provides education, advocacy and support services to assist all battered women in its aim to work towards the elimination of violence and to work from a feminist perspective that promote equality for all women.


Learn more. Visit http://www.bwss.org/



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The Cause

We Can BC

We Can BC is part of an international social movement to change attitudes and behaviour to end gender-based violence. We Can BC is working to shift beliefs and attitudes surrounding violence against women, and in doing so, change behaviour and make our communities safer for everyone.


Learn more. Visit http://www.wecanbc.ca/



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