Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2013 Returns to NYC With An Impressive Slate of Provocative Films From Around the Globe
ANITA (Frieda Mock)
The opening night film, Anita gets into the nuts and bolts of Anita Hill's testimony against Clarence Thomas concerning charges of sexual harassment in 1991 during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing. It goes well beyond the sensationalistic details of Long Dong Silver and pubic hair on Coke cans to explore the circumstances behind her testimony, Hill’s background, and her life before and after her time in the spotlight.
The film is very solidly on Hill's side, as is to be expected, and Hill is largely credited here with opening up a national conversation on sexual harassment in the workplace, which was not much talked about in public up to that point. Including extensive interviews with Hill herself, as well as other key figures in the case, Mock compellingly conveys the full story of what it was like for Hill to be "in the political lion's den," in the words of one interviewee.