Against a backdrop of sex, politics and race, Academy Award (R) winning filmmaker Freida Mock's ANITA reveals the intimate story of Anita Hill, a woman who dared to speak the truth. This powerful documentary traces Ms. Hill's life from her early years through her legacy today, offering fascinating insight into her experiences testifying before the Senate just over 22 years ago in the weekend of shocking television that made her a household name and smashed the door open on the issues of sexual harassment and gender equality.(C) Samuel Goldwyn Pictures … More
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Critic Reviews for Anita
It seems rather optimistically insistent on making a case that America has come a long way in 20 years, when the truth is 20 years is a mere historical heartbeat.
In valiant pursuit of Hill's higher dignity, Mock finds only stability. Anita's well-meaning faithfulness squanders its cinematic potential.
It's as if Mock is so busy sanctifying Hill that she forgot to take care of business, proving beyond a doubt that her subject's accusations were true, not innuendo.
Hill, now a professor at Brandeis, looks back on the events of 1991 with courage and grace.
Managing to retain her career, despite fierce opposition, and finding personal happiness, Ms. Hill's legacy is one of which she should be proud.
It (her dress) deserves to be memorialized in the Smithsonian Institute as a symbol of a brave woman standing up for her principles.
Not just the story of a woman objecting to demeaning treatment from her employer, but the story of a woman who told the truth with "honesty, dignity, and courage."
As Hill says - and personifies - in the film, "honesty, dignity and courage is what will be remembered."
Frieda Mock's documentary "Anita" is a dutiful history lesson even as it brings us closer to the very private person at the center of that long-ago, still relevant storm.
It's a reminder of what we were and, thanks to Hill, how far we've come.
Focusing on her as a personality at the expense of the incident's greater social, racial, and political context reduces this to a liberal exercise in self-congratulation.
a functional film about an astounding person who faced the whirlwind and didn't blink
Anita is not just a film about an activist who made a difference, it's a model of transforming struggle into a more meaningful future.
[...] If [director] Mock had dug deeper [...] she could have made a documentary about a still-maddening moment in America's not-so-distant history that was not merely good, but truly great.
The film too easily celebrates her legacy instead of more incisively exploring the controversy in her story, yet the discussions of political power and gender equality at its core still resonate.
Meticulous and ultimately encouraging documentary revisits a bizarre episode in American history.
As a documented record of Hill's story and her achievements, "Anita" is a serviceable, at times riveting documentary.
If you can't place the name, or want to know more, "Anita" is a splendid place to start.
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