Anita: Speaking Truth To Power


The country watched transfixed as a poised African-American woman sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and in a clear, unwavering voice recounted the 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 a harrowing world stage and instantly became a celebrated, hated, venerated and divisive public figure, her life forever changed. Her graphic testimony became a turning point for gender equality in the US, igniting a political firestorm about sexual misconduct and power in the workplace that still resonates today. Set against a volatile backdrop of sex, politics, and race, Anita reveals the intimate story of one woman who became a symbol simply by telling the truth. Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock (Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision), Anita deftly blends key archival footage with contemporary interviews with Anita Hill and her supporters to powerfully stirring effect. Thoughtful and comprehensive, it captures the personal story of a woman who found the courage to speak truth to power and celebrates her legacy, which continues to inspire those engaged in the fight for equality and social justice. (Dir. by Freida Lee Mock, 2013, USA, 95 mins., Not Rated, Samuel Goldwyn) Digital