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.
A BETTER MAN
Cleveland International Film Festival
Wednesday, April 11, 9:25pm
Tower City Cinemas
Co-director Attiya Khan in attendance
Also screening on April 10 at 4:30pm