About the Film

A Better Man documents a personal experiment for me and my abusive ex-partner — a step towards understanding and accountability. By getting closer to the truth of what survivors experience, and of why men choose to use violence, we can help stop the abuse. I hope that sharing my personal search for justice and healing will contribute to the struggle to end domestic violence.”
– Attiya Khan, Co-Director

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 unique 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.

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Meet the Team

Attiya Khan
Co-Writer, Co-Director

Lawrence Jackman
Co-Writer, Co-Director

Christine Kleckner

Justine Pimlott
NFB Producer

Iris Ng

Sarah Polley
Executive Producer

Anita Lee
NFB Executive Producer

Jane Jankovic
TVO Executive Producer

Janice Dawe
Executive Producer

Kathy Avrich-Johnson
Executive Producer

Lori Chodos
Associate Producer

Steph Guthrie
Impact Producer

Janette Luu
Director of Strategy & Communications

Partners + Support

This project would not be made possible without the support of over 1,000 Indiegogo contributors from around the world who believe in the movement to end violence against women.