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Directed by: Freida Lee Mock 2013 | 84 min.

Section: Documentaries

Premiere: Hawaii

Countries: United States

Languages: English

Genres: Documentary, Politics, Social Issues


On October 11, 1991, a poised young law professor sent shock waves through the nation as she sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee intrepidly testifying to the lewd behavior of a Supreme Court nominee. Twenty years later, Academy Award winner and Sundance veteran Freida Mock brings us ANITA, which crystallizes the sexist power dynamics in the room that day and unravels the impact of that lightning-rod moment on Anita Hill’s life and the broader discussion of gender inequality in America.

Contemporary interviews with Hill and her allies and unsettling archival footage reveal the way her attempt to report confidentially on Clarence Thomas’s conduct quickly became a perverse and vicious public attack on her character and credibility. With Thomas playing the race card and a bevy of male senators lobbing ideological bombs, Hill’s hearing became a charade of justice. Yet her audacity to speak truth detonated a national debate about sexual harassment that revolutionized gender politics. As girls and women express what Hill’s sacrifice has meant to them, we’re moved to shout, “We believe you, Anita.”

Synopsis written by: CL, Sundance


Thursday, October 17 8:45 PM Dole Cannery D Date Passed
Sunday, October 20 11:30 AM Dole Cannery E Date Passed
Saturday, October 26 7:00 PM Hilo Palace Theater Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Freida Lee Mock
Screenwriter Freida Lee Mock
Producer Freida Lee Mock
Executive Producer Geralyn White Dreyfous, Regina Kulik Scully, Freada Klein
Cast Anita F. Hill, Charles Ogletree, Jill Abramson, Jane Mayer, John W. Carr, Chuck Malone
Cinematographer Bestor Cram, Don Lenzer, Erik Daarstad
Editor Brian Johnson
Music Composer Lili Haydn

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