Documentary Explores Anita Hill's Legacy

Jun 21, 2014

Credit Courtesy of Freida Lee Mock

  In 1991, African-American law professor Anita Hill walked into a political firestorm when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation process for Clarence Thomas, the first African-American nominee to the Supreme Court.

In a calm, dignified voice, she detailed the alleged sexual harassment she suffered from Thomas when he headed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It was a turning point in American history and ignited a national debate about gender equity, sexual misconduct and power in the workplace.

The new film, “Anita: Speaking Truth to Power,” will begin a limited run at The Guild in Albuquerque from June 20th to 23rd. KUNM’s Megan Kamerick spoke with the film’s director, Freida Lee Mock, about the impact of Hill's testimony and how it still resonates today. An extended version of this interview is available here.