“Who here knows about Anita Hill?” asks Joanne Smith, Founder and Executive Director of Girls for Gender Equity, a non-profit. That is the opening scene of an upcoming documentary about Anita Hill.
Academy Award winning filmmaker Freida Mock’s soon to be released documentary “Anita” is both a celebration of Hill’s legacy and a rare glimpse into her private life with friends and family.
It’s been 22 years, since Hill bravely took the stand and described the harassment she received at the hands of Thomas. From the pubic hairs left on Coke cans, to recalling the name of his penis, Hill’s life was turned upside down. Throughout the hearings, it became clear, that Hill was the one actually being persecuted, not the accuser.
In the documentary, Hill courageously speaks openly and intimately for the first time about her experiences that led her to testify before the Senate and the obstacles she faced in simply telling the truth. She also candidly discusses what happened to her life and work in the 22 years since.