Anita: Speaking Truth to Power


**Los Angeles Premiere**

An entire country watched transfixed as a poised, beautiful African-American woman in a blue dress sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. That October day in 1991 Anita Hill, a bookish law professor from Oklahoma, was thrust onto the world stage and instantly became a celebrated, hated, venerated, and divisive figure. Anita Hill’s graphic testimony was a turning point for gender equality in the U.S. and ignited a political firestorm about sexual misconduct and power in the workplace that resonates still today. She has become an American icon, empowering millions of women and men around the world to stand up for equality and justice. Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, ANITA reveals the intimate story of a woman who spoke truth to power. Directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, the film is both a celebration of Anita Hill’s legacy and a rare glimpse into her private life with friends and family, many of whom were by her side that fateful day 22 years ago. Anita 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. ANITA is directed, written, and produced by Freida Mock (MAYA LIN: A STRONG VISION, WRESTLING WITH ANGELS: PLAYWRIGHT TONY KUSHNER, G-DOG). Executive Producers are Geralyn Dreyfous, Regina Kulik Scully, and Freada Klein. Brian Johnson is Editor. Cinematographers are Bestor Cram, Don Lenzer and Erik Daarstad, with original music by Lili Haydn.

Film Info

Runtime 85 minutes Country US
Directed by Freida Mock Cinematographer Bestor Cram, Don Lenzer & Erik Daarstad
Screenplay by Freida Mock & Ken Chowder Editing by Brian Johnson


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Director Bio: Freida Mock is an Academy Award® and Emmy Award – winning filmmaker – a director, writer and producer of feature length and short form theatrical documentary films. These include the Oscar winner Maya Lin: A Strong Vision, a feature about the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Among her Oscar-nominated films are Rose Kennedy, a Life to Remember; SING!; and Never Give UP, about the holocaust survivor and conductor Dr. Herbert Zipper. Mock’s films feature stories about art, history, politics, and creativity and the recent ones are: G – DOG a just completed feature documentary film about the charismatic gang expert, the Jesuit priest Greg Boyle – founder of the largest, most successful gang intervention and rehab program in the country Homeboy Industries, now a world model for giving kids-at-risk and former gang members a second chance at life; Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner; the feature documentary Sing China! filmed on the launch of the Beijing Olympics; and Lt. Watada, short-listed for the 2010 Oscar, a story about the first military officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq, to speak out about the war’s illegality, and to willingly face court martial and 8 years in prison rather than be a party to war crimes. Mock was the first Governor elected to the new Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and served as Governor and Chair. She is presently co-chair of the DGA Documentary Awards Committee. She is a partner in the Los Angeles-based Sanders & Mock Productions and co-founder of the nonprofit American Film Foundation that specializes in producing films on the arts, sciences and the humanities. Mock graduated from UC Berkeley where she continued graduate work in history and law.