Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

A Better Man


Year: 2017
Country: CANADA
Run Time: 79 minutes

A Better Man
A Better Man
A Better Man

More than 20 years after ending an abusive relationship that nearly killed her, filmmaker Attiya Khan reaches out to her ex-boyfriend Steve for an honest and open dialogue about the violence he inflicted on her during their time together. As they unpack the upsetting details of their past, Attiya and Steve are able to transcend the roles of victim and abuser, facilitating powerful healing in the process. With bravery and active listening on both parts, their ability for authentic communication is incredible to witness. While parts of the conversations are challenging, they shed an important light on the all too common issue of intimate partner violence. A BETTER MAN is a courageous documentary that provides a much needed platform for abusive partners to take accountability for their actions. This film poses the tough questions to the abuser, rather than to the person who suffered the abuse. —G.S.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 4:30 PM

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 9:25 PM

Women of the World

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

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Attiya Khan, Lawrence Jackman

Attiya Khan is a Toronto-based filmmaker, survivor, counselor, and healer. Lawrence Jackman is a director, editor, and editing consultant based in Toronto.


Christine Kleckner, Justine Pimlott

Iris Ng

Lawrence Jackman

Print Source

Film Sponsors

Government of Canada

Community Partners

Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center

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