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A Better Man

A Better Man

| 1 h 17 min

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.

To Learn more about A Better Man and access additional resources, visit A Better Man project

This film deals with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised

  • writer
    Attiya Khan
    Lawrence Jackman
  • director
    Attiya Khan
    Lawrence Jackman
  • producer
    Christine Kleckner
    Justine Pimlott
  • executive producer
    Sarah Polley
    Anita Lee
    Jane Jankovic
    Janice Dawe
    Kathy Avrich-Johnson
  • director of photography
    Iris Ng
  • editor
    Lawrence Jackman
  • music composer
    Lesley Barber
  • featuring
    Attiya Khan
    Tod Augusta-Scott
    Alex Mazer
    Elliot Mazer
    Seth Martiniuk
    Sollange Umwali
  • associate producer
    Lori Chodos
  • additional cinematography
    Jennifer Rowsom
    Stanislaw Barua
    Marcus Matyas
    Curry Leamen
    John Price
    Mark Caswell
  • sound recording
    Jason Hopfner
    Mary Wong
    Bruce Cameron
  • camera assistant
    Jordan Kawai
    Eva Percewicz
    Stephanie Corfield
  • grip
    Zach Zohr
    Stefan Kuchar
    Mark Feenstra
    David Doldersom
  • DIT
    Set Shuter
  • additional DIT
    Curry Leamen
    Gregory Szymanski
  • production assistant
    Shane MacKinnon
    Rob Chodos
  • stills photography
    Marina Dempster
  • title design
    Electric Square
  • impact producer
    Steph Guthrie
  • narration consultant
    Soraya Peerbaye
  • researcher
    Elizabeth Kalbfleisch
  • social media
    Janette Luu
  • development production manager
    Nagmeh Phelan
  • music supervisor
    Jody Colero
  • transcription
    Laurel Toews
  • production accountant
    Candis Buder
    Adriana Aviles
  • accountant
    Kay & Warburton
  • insurance
    Arthur J. Gallagher Canada
  • interim financing
    Rogers Communications Inc.
  • manager, business affairs
    Nava Rastegar
  • independent production officer
    Linda Fong
  • production supervisor
    Mark Wilson
  • studio administrator
    Stefanie Brantner
  • technical coordinator
    Marcus Matyas
  • production coordinator
    Natalie van Dine
    Andrew Martin-Smith
  • marketing manager
    Melissa Wheeler
    Amanda Laukys
  • account manager
    Ahmad Ismail
  • DI producer
    Linda Johnston
  • colourist
    Jason Zukowski
  • on-line
    Dave Oliver
  • supervising sound editor
    Jane Tattersall
  • dialogue editor
    Krystin Hunter
  • sound fx editor
    Claire Dobson
  • assistant sound editor
    Chris King
  • re-recording mixer
    Martin Lee
  • assistant re-recording mixer
    Jesse Fellows
  • ADR recordist
    Marcel Ramagnano
  • audio post project manager
    Alex Aslund
  • musician
    Drew Jurecka
    Lesley Barber
    Sydney Galbraith
  • editorial assistant
    Jakob Thiesen
  • music assistant
    Iain Gardner



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Ages 14 to 18

Study Guide - Guide 1

Family Studies/Home Economics - Adolescent Development
Family Studies/Home Economics - Feminism
Health/Personal Development - Healthy Relationships
Health/Personal Development - Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution

Despite the awareness about the abuse in Attiya’s and Steve’s relationship, why did nobody intervene? Comment on why their individual history is never fully disclosed in the film.  Identify the signs that showed that Attiya’s and Steve’s relationship was an unhealthy one. How does Steve’s participation in Attiya’s healing atone for his past and pave the way for him to become “a better man”? Discuss whether contemporary attitudes about relationship violence have given individuals greater power in interrupting this pattern. Explain.

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