A Better Man

A Better Man

In support of the community stitch project between Comox Valley Arts and Comox Valley Transition Society: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence global campaign, November 25 through December 10, 2021.


To learn more about the project and how to participate, click here.

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The National Film Board of Canada and Intervention Productions in association with
TVO present this documentary film by Attiya Khan & Lawrence Jackman



“I wish I could have been 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.

"A Better Man takes on the issue of violence against women from an angle we have
never seen before. It is fierce, compassionate, searingly honest and beautiful.” - Sarah
Polley