A BETTER MAN
el Documental del mes May 2018

A BETTER MAN

Attiya Khan, Lawrence Jackman

2017 79 min.

Original Version in English with Catalan or Spanish subtitles

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  • abettermanfilm.com
    • Technical specs

        • Co-Director, Writer: ATTIYA KHAN
        • Co-Director, Writer, Editor: LAWRENCE JACKMAN
        • Producer: CHRISTINE KLECKNER
        • Producer, NFB: JUSTINE PIMLOTT
        • Executive Producer: SARAH POLLEY
        • Executive Producer: JANICE DAWE
        • Executive Producer: KATHY AVRICH-JOHNSON
        • Executive Producer, NFB: ANITA LEE
        • Executive Producer, TVO: JANE JANKOVIC
        • Director of Cinematography: IRIS NG
        • Composer: LESLEY BARBER

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Sinopsi

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.

About direction (Attiya Khan, Lawrence Jackman)

ATTIYA KHAN (Co-Writer, Co-Director) is a Toronto-based feminist, intimate partner violence survivor, and long-time advocate and counselor for abused women and children. Attiya conceived the idea for A Better Man in 2012, drawing on her personal and professional experience with intimate partner violence. Attiya has worked in women’s shelters in Canada and the United States, including running the Child and Youth Services Program at Transition House in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She also worked at YWCA Toronto, supporting the communications and advocacy team, managing a training program on crisis intervention, and administering the December 6th Fund, which offers interest-free loans to women fleeing domestic violence. As a writer, activist, and speaker, she has presented at numerous events and conferences related to domestic violence. Together with her family, she recently co-founded a YWCA Toronto scholarship program for domestic violence survivors. LAWRENCE JACKMAN (Co-Writer, Co-Director, Editor) is a Toronto-based filmmaker. Over the past 15 years, he has worked on many award-winning films, focusing primarily on independent documentaries and dramas. He often works as an editorial consultant and has a long-standing association with the NFB in this role. Jackman has experience working at critical stages to creatively and structurally bring films to completion. Both as an editor and a director, he is interested in creative storytelling and pushing genre boundaries. In 2011, he directed How Does It Feel, a documentary musical about the importance of creative fulfillment that tells the story of a singer with cerebral palsy.

Awards & Festivals

  • Top 20 Audience Award, Hot Docs – Canada, 2017.
  • Official Selection, Doc NYC – USA, 2017.
  • Official Selection, San Diego Asian Film Festival -  USA, 2017.

Where

When

02/05/2018 (Wednesday)
18:00 Sant Cugat del Vallès ARXIU NACIONAL DE CATALUNYAA BETTER MAN
03/05/2018 (Thursday)
19:30 Girona MUSEU DEL CINEMAA BETTER MAN
20:55 Manlleu ATENEU DE MANLLEUA BETTER MAN
21:00 Cardedeu CINEMA ESBARJOA BETTER MAN
04/05/2018 (Friday)
20:00 Joanetes - La Vall d'en Bas CAN TRONA – CENTRE DE CULTURA I NATURAA BETTER MAN
21:30 Amposta EL CASALA BETTER MAN
05/05/2018 (Saturday)
18:00 Amposta EL CASALA BETTER MAN
06/05/2018 (Sunday)
18:00 Manlleu ATENEU DE MANLLEUA BETTER MAN
18:30 Llorenç del Penedès CASA DE LA CULTURA DE LLORENÇ DEL PENEDÈSA BETTER MAN
08/05/2018 (Tuesday)
19:30 Valladolid UNIVERSIDAD DE VALLADOLID – AULA MERGELINAA BETTER MAN
20:00 A Coruña CENTRO ÁGORAA BETTER MAN
09/05/2018 (Wednesday)
19:00 Mataró CAFÈ DE MAR (Sala d’actes)A BETTER MAN
19:30 Elorrio ITURRI KULTUR ETXEAA BETTER MAN
19:55 Sant Lluís (Menorca) SALA POLIVALENT ALBERT CAMUSA BETTER MAN
19:55 Sant Cugat del Vallès SALA D’ACTES DE LA CASA DE CULTURAA BETTER MAN
20:00 Oviedo TEATRO FILARMÓNICAA BETTER MAN
20:25 Vilanova i la Geltrú TEATRE PRINCIPALA BETTER MAN
20:25 Puerto del Rosario - Fuerteventura AUDITORIO INSULAR PUERTO DEL ROSARIOA BETTER MAN
20:30 Durango CINE ZUGAZAA BETTER MAN
22:00 Terrassa CINEMA CATALUNYAA BETTER MAN
10/05/2018 (Thursday)
19:00 Donostia - San Sebastián CASARES-TOMASENE KULTUR ETXEAA BETTER MAN
19:30 Barcelona ARIBAU CLUBA BETTER MAN
20:00 Girona CENTRE CÍVIC SANTA EUGÈNIAA BETTER MAN
20:00 Barcelona AUDITORI DE SANT MARTÍA BETTER MAN
11/05/2018 (Friday)
20:00 Castellar del Vallès AUDITORI MUNICIPAL MIQUEL PONTA BETTER MAN
12/05/2018 (Saturday)
19:00 Premià de Mar PATRONAT SOCIAL PREMIANENCA BETTER MAN
13/05/2018 (Sunday)
19:00 Premià de Mar PATRONAT SOCIAL PREMIANENCA BETTER MAN
19:00 Molins de Rei JOVENTUT CATÒLICA – LA PENIA BETTER MAN
19:30 Cardedeu TARAMBANAA BETTER MAN
14/05/2018 (Monday)
18:00 Lleida BIBLIOTECA PÚBLICA DE LLEIDAA BETTER MAN
15/05/2018 (Tuesday)
19:25 Barcelona CASA ELIZALDEA BETTER MAN
19:30 Matadepera CASAL DE CULTURAA BETTER MAN
20:00 Sevilla SEDE DEL CICUSA BETTER MAN
20:30 Madrid CINETECAA BETTER MAN
16/05/2018 (Wednesday)
18:00 Sabadell CINES IMPERIALA BETTER MAN
19:00 Barcelona BIBLIOTECA ESQUERRA DE L’EIXAMPLE – AGUSTÍ CENTELLESA BETTER MAN
17/05/2018 (Thursday)
19:30 Huesca SALÓN DE ACTOS DE LA DIPUTACIÓN PROVINCIAL DE HUESCAA BETTER MAN
20:30 Tona SALA LA CANALA BETTER MAN
21:00 Viladecans ATRIUM TEATREA BETTER MAN
18/05/2018 (Friday)
19:00 Rubí EL CELLERA BETTER MAN
20:00 Gironella BIBLIOTECA DE GIRONELLAA BETTER MAN
19/05/2018 (Saturday)
18:30 Martorell AUDITORI DE LA CASA DE CULTURA DE LA VILAA BETTER MAN
20/05/2018 (Sunday)
19:00 Tortosa TEATRE AUDITORI FELIP PEDRELL. SALA PETITAA BETTER MAN
from Barcelona TEATRE DE SARRIÀA BETTER MAN
21/05/2018 (Monday)
19:00 Castelldefels BIBLIOTECA RAMON FERNÀNDEZ JURADO – SALA MARGARIDA XIRGUA BETTER MAN
20:30 Pontevedra TEATRO PRINCIPAL DE PONTEVEDRAA BETTER MAN
22/05/2018 (Tuesday)
19:00 Barcelona BIBLIOTECA VILAPICINA I LA TORRE LLOBETAA BETTER MAN
19:25 Gijón CENTRO DE CULTURA ANTIGUO INSTITUTOA BETTER MAN
19:30 Tudela de Duero SALÓN DE PLENOS DEL AYUNTAMIENTOA BETTER MAN
23/05/2018 (Wednesday)
21:30 Portillo TEATRO CINE ÁLVARO DE LUNAA BETTER MAN
25/05/2018 (Friday)
18:30 Tarragona BIBLIOTECA PÚBLICA DE TARRAGONAA BETTER MAN
19:55 Santa Coloma de Gramenet BIBLIOTECA SINGUERLÍN – SALVADOR CABRÉA BETTER MAN
19:55 Sant Just Desvern ATENEU DE SANT JUSTA BETTER MAN
20:00 La Bisbal d'Empordà TEATRE MUNDIALA BETTER MAN
28/05/2018 (Monday)
20:00 Santa Cruz de La Palma TEATRO CHICOA BETTER MAN
20:30 Barcelona TEATRE DE SARRIÀA BETTER MAN
29/05/2018 (Tuesday)
18:55 Barberà del Vallès AUDITORI MARIA FELIUA BETTER MAN
19:00 Reus CENTRE DE LA IMATGE MAS IGLESIAS (CIMIR)A BETTER MAN
20:00 Los Llanos de Aridane - La Palma CASA DE LA CULTURAA BETTER MAN
20:30 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria TEATRO GUINIGUADAA BETTER MAN
30/05/2018 (Wednesday)
18:30 Cornellà de Llobregat BIBLIOTECA CENTRAL DE CORNELLÀA BETTER MAN
20:30 Maó BIBLIOTECA PÚBLICA DE MAÓA BETTER MAN
31/05/2018 (Thursday)
19:30 Barcelona CENTRE CÍVIC FORT PIENCA BETTER MAN
20:00 Sort CENTRE CÍVIC DE SORTA BETTER MAN
20:25 San Cristóbal de La Laguna - Tenerife MULTICINES TENERIFEA BETTER MAN
20:30 Monzón TEATRO VICTORIAA BETTER MAN