'A Better Man' to be screened in Sudbury
Imagine sitting down across from someone who physically abused you more than 20 years ago.
That's what Toronto-based Attiya Khan did with her former boyfriend Steve.
Khan decided to share her story of being physically abused. She worked with a filmmaker to create the documentary A Better Man. Khan and her ex-boyfriend Steve sat down with counselor Tod Augusta-Scott.
"I do think it says a lot about Steve that he was willing to go on this journey of facing up and trying to repair what he had done all those years ago," said Augusta-Scott.
"I've been doing this work for 20 years … many men come to the realization that they want to study and stop their own violence and repair it."
Powerful to see
Augusta-Scott says there are many reasons why some people turn to violence in relationships, including having control to having experienced trauma in the past.
"In the early days when we were doing this work, we really thought all these men were the same and that it was all high-risk, chronic violence cases," he said.
"What I've come to realize is that this is quite a range with the men that I talk with. Some men are ready to make the change immediately. Some men do need six months or twelve months to begin to seriously make those changes."
He says he's shown the documentary to other men who have abused others.
"Their response was that it was very powerful for them to see another man facing up and taking responsibility like Steve does in this film," he said.
"What the film highlights, is just what is possible. It does have a powerful influence Attiya's life and her sense of safety."
A Better Man will be screened Wednesday evening at the Sheridan Auditorium at Sudbury Secondary School at 7 p.m. It is part of the Sudbury Indie Cinema's Women in Film Wednesday series.