Oxfam Canada Partners with Hot Docs to Present Powerful Films on Issues Facing Women and Girls

Oxfam Canada is proud to announce that it has partnered with Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Film Festival - North America’s largest documentary film festival  - to present two powerful films on important issues facing women and girls, in Canada and around the world.

April 30, 2017

Oxfam Canada is proud to announce that it has partnered with Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Film Festival - North America’s largest documentary film festival – to present two powerful films on important issues facing women and girls, in Canada and around the world.

The films include the world premiere of A Better Man - a brave film from directors Attiya Khan and Lawrence Jackman that shifts the conversation on abuse to get to the root causes of intimate partner violence; and Sunday Beauty Queen - a compelling narrative from director Baby Ruth Villarama that confronts the challenges faced by migrant women and how they reclaim their dignity. 

Julie Delahanty, Executive Director for Oxfam Canada, said: “Documentary film is a powerful tool to create social change by compelling us all to engage in important – yet sometimes difficult – conversations and to see the world through someone else’s eyes. We are thrilled to collaborate with Hot Docs to present genuine stories about real people experiencing the issues at the heart of our work.”

"These documentaries provide a new perspective on issues that Oxfam works on both overseas and in Canada – work to  end violence against women and girls; to support migrant women; and to advocate for work to be paid, equal and valued.  It is an honour to work alongside HotDocs to screen these powerful films."

Hot Docs Executive Director Brett Hendrie, said: "We are proud to collaborate with Oxfam Canada for this year’s Hot Docs. Now especially, audiences are seeking voices and stories that will help them make sense of a turbulent world. We are proud to bring to Toronto insights and inspiration from the world’s most talented filmmakers, many of whom share with Oxfam Canada a passion and commitment for social change."

Sunday Beauty Queen will be presented on Saturday April 29th at 9:30pm the Isabel Bader Theatre. The World Premiere of A Better Man will be presented on Sunday April 30th at 6:30 pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre, and will be followed by a private reception hosted by Oxfam Canada with guests from the A Better Man film crew and the National Film Board of Canada.

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Notes to Editors: 

A Better Man: Attiya was 17 when she dated Steve. Now, two decades later, here they are again, sitting across from each other, not to reminisce but to process. In a powerful act of restorative justice, they’ve come together to talk through their violent relationship. What drove Steve to abuse Attiya daily during the two years they were together? The film shifts the usual focus of abuse counselling by including the perpetrator, and makes a strong case for a holistic approach to processing the trauma of abuse by including both parties.

Sunday Beauty Queen: For Filipinas, working overseas in Hong Kong brings financial opportunity but comes at a great cost. Most of the women work menial jobs, where the bedroom is just an extension of the kitchen. Many live in fear of being deported if they're out of work for more than 14 days. Over the course of four years, Filipino filmmaker Baby Ruth Villarama tracks the lives of five charismatic and courageous women who choose to reclaim their dignity by competing in a pageant that serves as a voice for the 190,000 Filipinas working in Hong Kong.

Oxfam Canada is part of a global movement for change made up of 20 Oxfam affiliates working in more than 90 countries to mobilize the power of people against poverty. Women’s rights and overcoming inequality are at the heart of our work.

Oxfam Canada’s flagship long-term development program, Creating Spaces to Take Action on Violence Against Women and Girls, is a $20 million, 6 country Oxfam project supported by the Government of Canada and generous contributions from the Canadian public. The 5 year project will give women and girls access to support and justice when faced with violence, and will change systems and behaviours so that violence becomes a thing of the past.

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, is being held in Toronto from April 27 to May 7. It showcases the best in Canadian and international documentary, this year screening 230 amazing docs from 58 countries with work by female filmmakers representing over 48 percent of those films.

Contact information

Limited spaces are available for media to attend the screening and reception for A Better Man world premiere. For more info or interview requests, contact Melanie Gallant, Oxfam Canada Media Relations Officer, at 613-240-3047 or Melanie.gallant@oxfam.org