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A Better Man

  • LSPU Hall 3 Victoria Street St. John's, NL, A1C 1H3 Canada (map)

A Better Man

When the festival programmers keep talking about a film long after we’ve watched it we know we have to share it. A Better Man will get you talking. It’s a bold documentary that situates the filmmaker herself at the centre. Motivated by a need to close the loop, she engages the man who subjected her to violence, years after their troubled relationship had ended. For his own reasons, no doubt, Steve agrees to be the subject of this film, openly struggling to understand his own behaviour, straining to articulate what finally cannot be summarized. Steve is taciturn and almost uncomprehending at times, maddening the filmmaker and, in turn, the viewer who demands to hear more. But trauma works differently on both those who perpetuate and those who experience violence, and the film explores that spectrum of response and reflection as a slow, steady, and often painful reveal. It’s a fascinating piece of voyeurism, really, which is not to detract from the earnestness of the filmmaker’s mission. With Sarah Polley as executive director, A Better Man provocatively explores the fraught terrain of abuse and its aftermath.

Directors: Attiya Khan, Lawrence Jackman
Producers: Christine Kleckner, Justine Pimlott
Runtime: 79 minutes

Followed by a Q&A with Attiya Khan, moderated by the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre (24/7 Crisis Hotline : 1-800-726-2743).



Janet Lee

Moderator, Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre

Janet Lee is honoured to be the Program Coordinator at the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre. 

Janet has been supporting survivors and doing anti-violence work in a professional capacity for over a decade. By focusing on caring roles in violence prevention, alternative education, and front line service delivery, Janet’s goal is to create systemic change wherein all survivors feel like they are truly listened to, believed, and supported.

Janet believes that each individual is the expert in their own life and their own experiences. She is inspired every day by the people she works with and for. She sees hope and resiliency in every person that uses their own incredible strength, strategies, and abilities to navigate their own unique healing process.

Janet was raised around the bay, loves the Atlantic Ocean, and currently resides in St. John’s with her supportive partner, his saucy cat, and her untrained dog.


Earlier Event: October 21
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