Recap of Sold-out Screening of ANITA!
On Friday, June 14, over 200 people crowded into the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center for the NYC premiere of Anita!, Frieda Mock’s articulate and moving documentary of Anita Hill’s brave testimony against Clarence Thomas around sexual harassment in the workplace. Anita! was a showcase film in the 2013 Human Rights Watch Film Festival; as The New York Times said, “Unflappably poised and dignified, Ms. Hill, whose testimony helped change the perception of sexual harassment in the workplace, stood her ground…Some of the most moving scenes show her surrounded by her strong, supportive family at the time of her testimony.”
Indeed, generations of women and men filled the theater, many moved to tears when Ms. Hill, the youngest of 13 children, welcomed her parents into the courtroom. Girls for Gender Equity was proud to have a part in the film as our Sisters in Strength high school Youth Organizers played a small but significant and powerful role, demonstrating Ms. Hill’s legacy in their facilitation of a Hey, Shorty! workshop at School of the Future.
At the Q & A that followed, between filmmaker and star, Ms. Hill, who was the featured speaker at GGE’s 10-year anniversary celebration last June, gave another shout-out to GGE Sisters, praising the young women for carrying her legacy forward with the critical work they do around sexual harassment prevention.
The reception that followed was filled with interesting people and exciting conversation around the film, and GGE received a great deal of complimentary attention. Our staff and participants enjoyed the event immensely. Stay tuned for future Anita! screenings and events this fall, and join us in praising a true feminist icon while preparing tomorrow’s movement leaders.