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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This documentary shows a crucial point in our nation's history, in which one woman testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was sexually harassed by a Supreme Court nominee, leading to frank discussions about sexual harassment in the workplace and helping to get more women elected to the Senate and other offices throughout the nation.
This movie shows, through the example of Anita Hill, the importance of not remaining silent in the face of injustice and speaking out when inappropriate behavior has occurred. Integrity and courage are major themes.
Positive Role Models
By speaking out against the sexual harassment she experienced, Anita Hill exhibited an extraordinary level of bravery, which, although it led to personal vilification during the time she spoke out, ultimately led to many other women speaking out about sexual harassment in the workplace.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
During her testimony, Anita Hill discusses the sexual harassment she experienced. She goes into detail about how Clarence Thomas talked about his penis size, pornographic movies, the pornographic actor "Long Dong Silver," and a time when he asked her, "Who put this pubic hair on my Coke?" These experiences are discussed time and again in the documentary.
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This film shows the actual testimony Anita Hill gave during the Clarence Thomas nomination proceedings in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and, as she discusses the sexual harassment she experienced, she repeats things Thomas said around her, with references to pornography, pornographic actors, pubic hair, and penis size.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Anita: Speaking Truth to Power is a 2014 documentary about the woman who ignited a firestorm of controversy when she testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was sexually harassed by Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas. It shows footage from the hearings, in which Hill discusses things Thomas said to her about sex, pornography, pornographic actors, pubic hair, and penis size. It discusses how the hearings led to more discussions on sexual harassment in the workplace, as well as race and gender relations (Hill, an African-American woman, testified in front of an all-white Senate Committee, and Thomas was only the second African-American Supreme Court nominee). It's a fascinating if downright shameful chapter in our nation's history and should be seen by mature teens who were too young to have witnessed it firsthand. Although Republican families might find much to disagree with, this documentary should inspire discussion on appropriate behavior in the workplace and in life, no matter the political affiliation. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is an incredible documentary chronicling an extraordinary moment in America's history. It was a time when sexual harassment was supposed to be kept in the closet and a group of older, all-white senators seemed incapable of comprehending what they were hearing.
Watching Anita: Speaking Truth to Power is a somewhat maddening experience, as the audience revisits the blistering criticism Hill endured during those hearings in the fall of 1991 as she stepped into a political firestorm, but it ultimately gives us cause for hope, as so many women since then -- as a direct result of Hill's testimony -- now are elected to higher offices, report sexual harassment when it happens in the workplace, and consider Anita Hill a hero for her bravery in stepping forward to speak out about the harassment she endured.
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