Film & Enneagram: Anita

‎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 resonates still today. She has become an American icon, empowering millions of women and men around the world to stand up for equality and justice.

Director: Freida Mock

1hr 17min‎‎ - Documentary/Drama‎


Sara, the host, will email her cell phone number to participants by 10 am the day of the event.  Sara will be waiting outside the theatre starting at 5 pm.  The film actually starts at 5:15.  After the film, we'll take a vote about which restaurant to go to (within walking distance) for dinner.  We'll discuss the film and share our understanding of the Enneagram.  

Note about experience level: We will use the Enneagram numbers to identify the personality types. If you are new to the system, we strongly advise you to familiarize yourself with the various types and their numbers beforehand in order to better follow the conversation.  There is a lot of basic introductory information about the Enneagram on the Internet, just google it.  

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  • Andrea A.

    It was great! Shattuck theatre is great. They have regular, independent, foreign and documentaries.

    March 22

  • A former member
    A former member

    We typed Anita Hill as a One with a Nine wing. It was not just her motivation to make the truth known, because all Enneatypes would have had more or less the same motivation in the midst of blatant falsehood. What defined her was her relationship to the truth. The fact that she did not strategize about her allegations, did not spin them, that it didn't even occur to her to spin them, is very Oneish. She felt that she had to tell the truth merely and only because the Senate Judiciary asked her about Clarence Thomas' character. It's that deeply felt, impolitic need for congruence between word, thought, and deed that make her a One. She has a Nine wing because she had an "ivory tower" quality about her, which reflects a Nine's tendency to withdraw from the world, withholding their energy from a fuss so that the fuss does not disturb their contentedness. Had she been a One with a Two wing, she would have taken the Senate's b.s. very personally and showed more emotional anguish.

    1 · March 22

  • Shawn

    Thanks Sara! Great event.

    March 22

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for coming, Shawn! It was fun talking to you.

      March 22

  • A former member
    A former member

    "Anita" covered the basics of the controversy, then went on to show her as an activist. It did not cover the controversy in depth, nor did it take stock of how women fare today in regards to sexual harassment (the sexual assault of women in the military, which has gained steamed only in the past few years, would seem to say that we are still in the Stone Age on this issue). For those reasons I give it only 3 stars. But, if you just want a basic primer on the woman who brought sexual harassment into the public consciousness, this is a good film. Also, it is good to get a closer look at Ms. Hill, whose personality was unfairly maligned and who deserves to be portrayed as the ordinary person caught in extraordinary circumstances that she was. By the way, don't miss the opening first five minutes; it's quite funny.

    March 22

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds interesting. I will look for Sara there

    March 22

  • Susan

    Could I be a "maybe"? I have a thing in Oakland Saturday afternoon and likely won't make it to Berkeley in time for the movie, but if I am ready early, would love to go.

    March 21

  • Andrea A.

    Trust me, internet or not, the public has always expressed their disgust, be it letters to government, getting the TV stations, and physical protests. These injustices will always come to light!

    March 19

  • Andrea A.

    This is fantastic! I remember this whole story came out during my pregnancy. I couldnt believe he could get away with all that, but Anita Hill held herself up magnificently!

    March 18

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi, Andrea, I'm glad you'll be there, it will be good to see you again. I don't have an idea yet what Enneatype might characterize Anita Hill, but in terms of Myers Briggs, I am already thinking of ISTJ or ISFJ. Also, hopefully we'll watch this film and marvel how much the public dialog about sexual harassment has progressed. Can you believe there was no social media in 1991 when this happened?!

      March 19

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