16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Doc and Talk

Event Details

Over 20 years ago, Attiya Khan was in an abusive relationship with her then-boyfriend Steve. Today, she’s a prominent feminist who has worked for women’s shelters across the U.S. and Canada. Khan and co-director Lawrence Jackman teamed up to create a unique documentary that aims to evolve the conversation around intimate partner violence.

“A Better Man” illuminates a unique paradigm for domestic violence prevention and offers a fresh and nuanced look at the healing and revelation that can follow from men taking responsibility for abuse. It also offers opportunities for 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.

Among the 2017 Hot Docs Festival’s most emotionally stunning films, “A Better Man” takes a brave and open-minded approach to processing trauma and healing associated with intimate partner violence.

Join One World Arts, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, Oxfam Canada, the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) and community partners for a one-time-only screening of “A Better Man” and a talk, moderated by Oxfam Canada Executive Director Julie Delahanty, with Amanda Dale, Executive Director of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, and Matt Schaaf, Coordinator of the I Can MANifest Change project at OCTEVAW, presented in partnership with Hot Docs and the Ontario Trillium Foundation on December 2 at 1PM (doors at 12:30PM) at the University of Ottawa.

Saturday, December 2, 2017 | Doors at 12:30PM | Film and opening remarks at 1PM
University of Ottawa, Fauteux Hall (57 Louis-Pasteur Private), Room FTX302
More info: oneworldfilmfestival.ca/16days-abetterman

The event is free/by donation, with the proceeds going toward covering event costs and supporting organizations addressing and taking action on gender based, intimate partner, and sexual violence.

Trigger Warning/Content Warning (TW/CW): “A Better Man” addresses intimate partner violence and includes explicit descriptions of abuse. Viewer discretion is advised.

A counsellor will be present during the event to provide information and support to audience members. If you have any concerns or would like to know more about the film and the event, please feel free to contact event organizers at oneworldfilmfestival@oneworldarts.ca.

This special presentation is one of a number of events taking place as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence (November 25 to December 10) in Ottawa.

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