(Freida Mock, USA). 84 minutes. Rating: NNNN Anyone who sat riveted by Anita Hill’s testimony to the Senate committee hearing on Clarence Thomas’s appointment to the Supreme Court should see this film. Her ordeal was worse than you remember. If you missed that 1991 media event, see it, too. It was worse than you can imagine.
A panel of white, privileged legislators – including infamous womanizer Ted Kennedy – badgered, berated and humiliated accomplished law professor Hill as she testified with unbelievable calm that she’d been sexually harassed by Thomas. Committee chair Joe Biden (yes, same guy) led the charge and refused to call corroborating witnesses. Thomas’s appointment was eventually approved.
Hill (who will attend the April 26 screening) became a sought-after leader and lecturer on sexual harassment. The material tracing those newer developments, unfortunately, isn’t nearly as compelling as reliving those hearings. SGC Apr 26, 6: 30 pm, The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema; Apr 27, 1: 30 pm, Isabel Bader Theatre; May 4, 4 pm, Isabel Bader Theatre.