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Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Riveting docu may inspire discussion of sexual harassment.

Movie NR 2013 77 minutes
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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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