Director Freida Lee Mock scheduled to attend | May 25, May 26, & May 27
Twenty years after a poised young law professor sent shockwaves through the nation, Academy Award® winner Freida Mock crystallizes sexist power dynamics, unraveling the lightning-rod moment in Anita Hill's life and the broader discussion of gender inequality in America.
May 25, 2013
|7:00 PM||Harvard Exit||Date has passed|
May 26, 2013
|3:30 PM||Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center||Date has passed|
May 27, 2013
|10:00 AM||SIFF Cinema Egyptian||Date has passed|
Academy Award®-winning documentarian Freida Mock (Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision) spotlights Anita Hill, the woman who in 1991 was subpoenaed to testify to accusations of sexual harassment regarding future Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Hill, now a professor of social policy, law, and women's studies at Brandeis University, as well as the author of a 1997 autobiography, Speaking Truth to Power, has long declined filmmakers' requests to revisit the landmark hearings. She agreed to Mock believing she was the right person to tell the story, and that she would be in good hands. While Hill's goal with her testimony was to speak truth as to the character of Thomas, and not to bring awareness to problems of sexual harassment and the workplace, the hearings became a watershed moment in terms of women's rights, as well as a cultural flashpoint that ignited public debates about sexual politics. Mock uses the 20th anniversary of the hearings to reflect on where America was culturally and politically in the early 1990s, where we are now, and what has-or hasn't-changed as a new generation enters schools and the workforce.
Freida Lee Mock earned four Academy Award® nominations for Best Documentary Short for To LIve and Let Die (1982), Rose Kennedy: A Life To Remember (1990), Never Give Up: The 20th Century Odyssey of Herbert Zipper (1995), and Sing (2001), finally winning in 1995 for her feature-length film Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (1994). She co-founded the American Film Foundation with Terry Sanders.
Sponsored in part by KUOW 94.9
|Director:||Freida Lee Mock|
|Running Time:||84 minutes|
|Cinematographers:||Bestor Cram, Don Lenzer, Erik Daarstad, Jesse Beecher, Hiroki Miyano|
|Filmography:||G-Dog (2012); L.T. Watada (2010); Sing China! (2009); Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner (2006); Bird by Bird with Anne (1999); Return with Honor (1999); Maya Lin: A Strong Vision (1995)|