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Documentary Explores Anita Hill's Legacy - Extended Interview

Courtesy of Freida Lee Mock

It was a watershed event for American women, and American history.  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 spoke to a panel of  all-male, all-white Senators and detailed the alleged sexual harassment she suffered from Thomas when he headed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It 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. Filmmaker Freida Lee Mock, who won an Academy Award for her documentary on Vietnam Memorial artist Maya Lin, talks about how she got involved in the project and the impact Hill's testimony had on Hill herself, and on American society.