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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.
Hill, now a professor at Brandeis, looks back on the events of 1991 with courage and grace.
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.
The first-rate documentary Anita returns us to October 1991 when the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas became a national soap opera.
Given what we know about Hill -- her gentle, mild-mannered nature; her rural upbringing; and her quiet belief in doing what's right -- perhaps this is the truest possible portrait.
Riveting docu may inspire discussion of sexual harassment.
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.
Managing to retain her career, despite fierce opposition, and finding personal happiness, Ms. Hill's legacy is one of which she should be proud.
Remembering the story of Anita Hill brings no less comfort. A woman puts her professional life and personal dignity on the line to do the right thing. It is a joy to see her cheerful face years later. She is a success with a happy life and it is all that we would hope for her.
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