Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

2014 NR 1h 25m DVD

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

2014 NR 1h 25m DVD
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Anita Hill galvanized the nation with her appearance before the U.S. Senate in the hearings related to Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. This film documents the subsequent controversy and landmark event in the struggle for women's rights.
Widescreen 1.77:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Anita: Speaking Truth to Power is a 2014 documentary about the woman who ignited a firestorm of controversy when she testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was sexually harassed by Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas. It shows footage from the hearings, in which Hill discusses things Thomas said to her about sex, pornography, pornographic actors, pubic hair, and penis size. It discusses how the hearings led to more discussions on sexual harassment in the workplace, as well as race and gender relations (Hill, an African-American woman, testified in front of an all-white Senate Committee, and Thomas was only the second African-American Supreme Court nominee). It's a fascinating if downright shameful chapter in our nation's history and should be seen by mature teens who were too young to have witnessed it firsthand. Although Republican families might find much to disagree with, this documentary should inspire discussion on appropriate behavior in the workplace and in life, no matter the political affiliation.

Sexual Content

During her testimony, Anita Hill discusses the sexual harassment she experienced. She goes into detail about how Clarence Thomas talked about his penis size, pornographic movies, the pornographic actor "Long Dong Silver," and a time when he asked her, "Who put this pubic hair on my Coke?" These experiences are discussed time and again in the documentary.


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This film shows the actual testimony Anita Hill gave during the Clarence Thomas nomination proceedings in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and, as she discusses the sexual harassment she experienced, she repeats things Thomas said around her, with references to pornography, pornographic actors, pubic hair, and penis size.

Social Behavior

This movie shows, through the example of Anita Hill, the importance of not remaining silent in the face of injustice and speaking out when inappropriate behavior has occurred.


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Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

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  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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