The most-buzzed film at Hot Docs this year, A Better Man, illuminates a new paradigm for domestic-violence prevention. It offers a fresh and nuanced look at the healing and revelation that can happen for everyone involved when men take responsibility for their abuse. When Attiya Khan was 18 years old she ran through the streets, frightened for her life, fleeing from her boyfriend Steve, who had been abusing her on a daily basis.
Fast forward 22 years later when Attiya runs into Steve on a street corner in Toronto. She asked him if he would talk with her about what happened in their relationship, on camera, and to her shock, he agreed. " It took courage for him to talk to me about the things he had done" Khan said. Steve told her he wished that he could have "been a better man" and from there the documentary took shape".
A Better Man, hopes Khan, "will tell our story, while also bringing to light the incredible work people are doing with men who are hurting others." The project has attracted some big name people like Feist (who donated $10,000 to the cause), Oscar-nominated composer Owen Pallet, and director Sarah Polley (she's acting as the film's Executive Producer). Even Pearl Jam got in on the action, sharing the video Toronto singing sensations Choir! Choir! Choir! made in support of the project. Feist commented on the film saying, "I believe this will be an important documentary and spark a conversation we will all benefit from." Join in the post film discussion hosted by SWOVA which includes Q & A film clips with Attiya Khan - the Film maker
Official selection - Hot Docs 2017
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