Can we change if we take responsibility for our mistakes?
One of our focuses in the Good Lad Initiative is to promote positive masculinity in our workshops. Instead of the sticking to the minimum standard, we work to enable men to make more proactive, positive decisions in the face of complex gender situations. Women are also invited to act within these situations, especially by challenging negative behavior they see amongst their peers, classmates and teammates.
But what happens when not even the minimum standard is reached, and the situation descends into violence? Is there the possibility to open up communication with both parties, or is change impossible?
This is what the film A Better Man hopes to address.
The documentary looks at the personal journey and recovery of those reeling from domestic abuse. The focus is on healing and clarity that can come from men (in this case) taking responsibility for their abuse. Co-producer and co-director Attiya Khan uses her own story of abuse to highlight how frequent abusive relationships are in the UK, with 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men becoming a victim in their lifetime.
We love this documentary because it opens up conversation pieces between men and women, and focuses on responsibility for better action. Our work shops actively practice responsible decision making within much more public scenarios, and we aim to have our attendees recognize how far their actions can go towards a positive outcome. Responsibility starts with the individual, but it’s a team effort to start a discussion!
So, grab some popcorn and some friends and check out the trailer below, we think some great talking points can come out of this alone!