This morning we saw the Seattle International Film Festival screening of ‘Anita‘ at the Egyptian — a documentary focusing on the confirmation hearings at which Anita Hill testified, and their fallout for Ms. Hill. We had just seen ‘The Punk Singer‘ — about Bikini Kill and Le Tigre principle Kathleen Hanna — and then ‘Before Snowfall‘ — about an Iraqi Kurd who travels to Norway to kill his sister because he believes she’s dishonored the family. SIFF created an experience in which feminism was front and center; demonstrating that it’s clearly needed and very much alive. All three are powerful movies. ‘Anita’ demands a coda: Anita Hill should be on the Supreme Court.
Freida Mock, the academy award winning director of the film, answered questions after ‘Anita’. (As did Sini Anderson — the very talented and articulate director of ‘The Punk Singer’, after that film.) One audience member related that her experience watching the hearings led her to conversations about harassment at her own workplace, and in universities generally. Another, a young woman born after the hearings, said this was the first time she’d heard of them. She was clearly moved by the film. When it’s available in general release (which it will be), go see it. Bring your high school age kids.