Apr 6, 2014 · 2:30 PM
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Just past the 20 year anniversary, filmmaker Freida Mock revisits one of the most controversial watershed events of the past century, the Anita Hill - Clarence Thomas case, the weekend of shocking television that made Anita Hill a household name and smashed the door open on the issue of sexual harassment.
Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, ANITA reveals the extraordinary story of a woman who spoke truth to power. The film is both a celebration of Anita Hill’s legacy and a rare glimpse into her private life with friends and family, many of whom were by her side on that fateful day 22 years ago. Anita Hill courageously speaks openly and intimately for the first time about her experiences that led her to testify before the Senate and the obstacles she faced in simply telling the truth. She also candidly discusses what happened to her life and work in the 22 years since.
An entire country watched transfixed as a poised, beautiful African-American woman in a blue dress sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. That October day in 1991 Anita Hill, a bookish law professor from Oklahoma, was thrust onto the world stage and instantly became a celebrated, hated, venerated, and divisive figure.
Anita Hill’s graphic testimony was a turning point for gender equality in the U.S. and ignited a political firestorm about sexual misconduct and power in the workplace that continues to resonate today. She has become an American icon, empowering millions of women and men around the world to stand up for equality and justice.
ANITA is directed, written, and produced by Academy Award® and Emmy Award® winner Freida Mock (MAYA LIN: A STRONG CLEAR VISION). Executive Producers are Geralyn Dreyfous, Regina Kulik Scully, and Freada Klein.