This documentary submitted by the US to the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival was fairly interesting for the first 45 minutes or so (during the Senate confirmation hearings), then it became a self-congratulatory mishmash of seminars, celebrations in local libraries, family wedding videos, and testimonials from teary teenagers.

Directed by Frieda Mock, we revisit an event that happened over 20 years ago when a young law professor accused a Supreme Court nominee of sexual harassment. The country was agog at the time, watching with baited breath to hear previously forbidden words spoken on broadcast news.

Anita Hill comes off as an articulate, attractive and resilient young woman who worked for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She accused her former boss, Clarence Thomas, as being one of the Old Boys Club, where "Boys will be boys." They played word games with reluctant underlings, all the while maintaining Plausible Deniability. ("You thought I meant THAT? That's all in your head! You must be a really frustrated young woman!")

The biggest laugh from our screening audience came during the Senate hearings when Ted Kennedy piped up, voicing his outrage at the very idea that an attractive young woman like Anita Hill would be subjected to such contemptible treatment.

We've all been sexually harassed in one guise or another and the memories aren't ones we relish. Anita Hill took the first step and an unexpectedly big one it was! I had just had enough after the first 45 minutes.

This was first reviewed in June, 2013.
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