Samuel Goldwyn Films acquired U.S. rights to the Freida Mock-directed Anita, the film about Anita Hill which debuted at Sundance and just screened as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Goldwyn will release this fall. In a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, the film describes Hill and the firestorm that occurred when she sat before a Senate committee 22 years ago and recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. That October day in 1991 Anita Hill, a bookish law professor from Oklahoma, was thrust onto the world stage and instantly became a celebrated, hated, venerated, and divisive figure. Hill took part in the docu and described the experience and the aftermath.
According to Peter Goldwyn, Senior Vice President of Samuel Goldwyn Films: “We are excited to be working with the talented Freida Mock in bringing Anita’s powerful, life-changing story to not only the people who lived through the circus of the hearings but also to a new generation. Anita’s impact on the course of history over the last 20 plus years shouldn’t be forgotten and this film celebrates her legacy.”