On being a woman in the USA.

ANITA the Documentary: See it and Send a Message

ANITAIn 1991, Anita Hill captured my country’s attention when she testified before congress that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her while he was her supervisor. I was in my late 20s at the time, and I remember how brave she seemed, but the power dynamics were frankly lost on me at that point. In fact, they were lost on a lot of people. Prior to Ms. Hill’s testimony, we weren’t even talking about sexual harassment in the workplace as a nation. Like so many societal ills, it was a silent current running through our culture, accepted as just “the way things are.” Anita Hill changed that.

Now, watching the trailer for the upcoming documentary ANITA, I look at the sea of white, male faces that confronted her (literally) as she testified, and I have a far better sense of just how much courage that must have taken as a woman and especially as a Woman of Color. She spoke a hard truth to the most powerful men in her country and made herself a target not only for politicians but for racists and comedians and anyone else with an axe to grind against a Black woman who dared talk about how powerful men treat women who are subordinate to them. She did so with a grace I know I couldn’t muster in similar circumstances, and I am in awe of her. I expect I’ll be even more in awe after seeing this film.

Watch the trailer:


Yeah, this looks really, really good.

I’ve worked on Women, Action, and the Media (WAM!) campaigns before and hoped at one time to start a Seattle WAM! chapter. Life got in the way and I have had to take a step back from my activism until further notice, but I’m still kicking, and when Jaclyn Friedman asked me if I’d help WAM! get people out to a local ANITA screening I was happy to oblige. But I don’t want to stop there.

Initial screenings are taking place in March and April in select cities (see below). Based on ticket sales for those screenings, distributors for the film will decide how many cities will get the film and for how long. WAM! wants to get as many people as possible out to these screenings to ensure that the film gets wide distribution and in doing so, send a message to Hollywood that “woman-helmed films about women are a good investment.”

I think this is a worthy endeavor—don’t you? I’m hoping you’ll help me get the word out so these initial screenings are as successful as they can be. And BONUS: WAM! has arranged for discounted tickets (see links below)!

From WAM!:

Just past the 22 year anniversary, Freida Mock revisits one of the most controversial watershed events of the past century, the Anita Hill – Clarence Thomas hearings, the weekend of shocking television that made Anita Hill a household name and smashed the door open on the issues of sexual harassment and gender equality.

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Attend a Screening

Screenings are happening in the following cities (courtesy of WAM!—follow links for discounted tix!):

MARCH 21 – 23, 2014

APRIL 4 – 6, 2014

  • CHICAGO, IL – RIVER EAST 21: Email us ASAP to help make a Chicago WAM! screening happen

  • ATLANTA, GA – REGAL TARA CINEMAS 4: Email us ASAP to help make an Atlanta WAM! screening happen

Help Make ANITA a Success!

Watch the trailer. Spread the word about this film, these screenings (and discounted tix!), and our goal to turn out as many movie-goers as we can. If you live in one of the above cities, attend a screening! Any screening! And if you live in one of the above cities and would like to help ensure the success of ANITA in your city, or if your city is not listed and you’d like to bring a screening to your areaemail WAM! and let them know.

Let’s send that message to Hollywood so more films like this one get made and seen.

6 responses

  1. fatima Wilson

    When will it be showing in D.C. or Baltimore? I believed her then and I believe her now. New day, same shit. What’s she doing now? what gets me is that crap continues to happen and nothing happens.

    March 16, 2014 at 1:12 pm

  2. I look forward to seeing this!

    March 13, 2014 at 11:59 am

    • Yeah, once I saw the trailer I was hooked. Can’t wait. :)

      March 15, 2014 at 10:21 am

  3. In ’91 I was a year and a half out of a 3 year workplace situation that included many Clarence Thomas-types of men, all given to various degrees of sexual harassment from overt to sneaky — all of it vaguely or alarmingly threatening — all of it disgusting. I watched the Anita Hill hearings and I was her. I recognized Clarence Thomas as having harassing traits of all those males I’d worked with. I’d left the situation because enough was enough. I opted for a free-lance artist life-style as life was too short to put up with that workplace crap. Anita Hill is definitely one of my great heros and role models. Clarence Thomas represents to me male bullying and dominance and I dislike him and his ilk enormously. I’m glad that ANITA is a documentary and I hope it does well and is seen widely.

    March 13, 2014 at 11:06 am

    • Thanks for sharing your story, Gretchen. I’ve never experienced overt harassment, but I know people who have, and I am amazed that it still takes place even with all the awareness around it now (as compared to ’91, when we didn’t even talk about it). I’m really looking forward to this film and I hope it gets LOTS of attention.

      March 13, 2014 at 11:22 am

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