SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Posted: March 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

We had the pleasure of seeing this film (sneak preview) at the SLO Film Festival on Sunday at the Fremont.  Anita Hill 20 years later.  Her hearings began on October 7, 1991 (As I looked back, I always wondered why I hadn’t watched those hearings live.  At the film on Sunday, I learned why.  That was the date of my daughter’s birth.  I guess I was busy).

Anyway, it was a very worthy film.  There was phone interaction after the film with the director, Freida Lee Mock.  She said that one of the primary intentions of the documentary was to show it in schools.  Maybe the appropriate Cuesta committee could snag it for a showing.  We’d all be better for it.

It opens March 21 at the Palm.  You should go see it.

Storyline 

ANITA tells the story of the young, brilliant, African American, Yale-educated attorney, Anita Hill, who accuses then Supreme Court Justice nominee, Clarence Thomas, of unwanted sexual advances during explosive Senate Hearings in 1991 and ignites a political firestorm about sexual harassment, race, power, and politics that resonates 20 years later today. ANITA is a dramatic look at the consequences to a private citizen acting out of a civic duty to “speak truth to power.” For the first time on film, Anita Hills speaks about her experience in the Senate Hearings, her impact on issues of sexual harassment, workplace rights for women and men, social justice, and equality. The film is about the empowerment of girls and women, and men, through the extraordinary story of Anita Hill. (IMbd)

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