“A Better Man documents a personal experiment for me and my abusive ex-partner — a step towards understanding and accountability. By getting closer to the truth of what survivors experience, and of why men choose to use violence, we can help stop the abuse. I hope that sharing my personal search for justice and healing will contribute to the struggle to end domestic violence.”
– Attiya Khan, Co-Director
Please join us
Who: BWSS with REEL Causes and We Can BC
What: A film screening of A Better Man
Where: SFU Woodward’s, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory
When: Thursday, November 23 Time: 7:00 pm to 9:45 pm
Why: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
How: For Tickets, please use the code CAUSE112317
Stay after the film for a panel discussion with Catherine Kendall, director at We Can BC and Angela Marie MacDougall, executive director at BWSS. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Lucia Lorenzi, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University.
Dr. Lucia Lorenzi is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. Her research focuses on representations of sexual violence in literature and other media, and her current project looks at stories and films written by or featuring perpetrators. In addition to her academic research, she is an anti-violence activist and consultant.
Catharine Kendall has been involved with We Can BC since 2009 and has been a Director since 2011. She has seen many changes within the Society and across the country in regards to approaches to end violence against women. Catharine shares that we are finally starting to see some real changes as new generations are growing up with a zero tolerance towards violence against women, but there is still lots of work to do within policy development, systems change, within our families and our communities. Catharine had her own personal journey living with an abusive partner, dealing with the RCMP that turned a blind eye, investing years in court action for Restraining Orders that had little merit and living in a safe house to keep herself and her son out of harms way. Catharine believes that a strong and resourceful community creates the fastest change. Catharine lives in North Central British Columbia and represents the North and a rural perspective for We Can BC. Catharine offers horse therapy to vulnerable children, youth and families in need at her 5 acre Be Herd Wellness Centre facility in downtown Prince George. Catharine has her own Community Development business, is active with a number of non profits, and is the Executive Director of a youth centre.
Angela Marie MacDougall is Executive Director at Battered Women’s Support Services. For almost thirty years, Angela’s work as an advocate, activist, and front-line worker has brought tangible transformation to service and program delivery as well as community development. Angela is strategic and proactive and continues to strengthen connections within the community and beyond. Her many years of steadfast commitment and tremendous work are what have raised Battered Women’s Support Services profile as an organization. She works tirelessly for the elimination of violence against women daily, in every aspect of her being.
This is the second time BWSS partnered with REEL Causes. In 2014, we were pleased to co-host a screening of Crime after Crime to draw attention to women criminalized for self-defending in domestic violence situations.