ANITA

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(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.

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