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Anita: Too earnest for its own good Add to ...

  • Directed by Freida Mock
  • Classification PG
  • Genre documentary
  • Year 2013
  • Country USA
  • Language English

Anyone hoping that Anita will offer a major, multifaceted re-evaluation of Anita Hill’s famous 1991 testimony – alleging workplace sexual harassment from then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas – before an all-white male Senate committee is going to be sorely disappointed. The first (and largest) portion of the film relies on a wealth of archival footage from the hearings, interspersed with present-day commentary by Hill and assorted supporters, while the rest is largely feminist hagiography. Now 56 and a professor at Brandeis University, Hill is gracious and well-spoken, as credible today as she was then. But the film, by Oscar-winner Freida Mock (Maya Lin), sags under the weight of its feel-good earnestness, especially in the home stretch where the fine talk of empowerment and gender equality doesn’t hold a candle to the crackling drama of the 1991 footage.

April 26, 6:30 p.m., Bloor; April 27, 1:30 p.m., Bader; May 4, 4 p.m., Bader.

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