Courageous “Anita”


Anita: Speaking Truth To Power

Starts Friday, May 9  at the Loft Theater, 3233 E. Speedway


Post-film discussion on Friday, May 9 at 7:00pm with Daisy M. Jenkins, executive vice president and Chief Human Resources Officer for Carondelet Health Network, and Barbara Atwood, Mary Anne Richey Professor of Law Emerita and Director of the Family and Juvenile Law Certificate Program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.
Regular admission prices.

The country watched transfixed as a poised African-American woman sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and in a clear, unwavering voice recounted the sexual harassment she had endured while working with US Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. That October day in 1991, Anita Hill, a bookish law professor from Oklahoma, was thrust onto a harrowing world stage and instantly became a celebrated, hated, venerated and divisive public figure, her life forever changed. Her graphic testimony became a turning point for gender equality in the US, igniting a political firestorm about sexual misconduct and power in the workplace that still resonates today. Set against a volatile backdrop of sex, politics, and race, Anita reveals the intimate story of one woman who became a symbol simply by telling the truth. Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock (Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision), Anita deftly blends key archival footage with contemporary interviews with Anita Hill and her supporters to powerfully stirring effect. Thoughtful and comprehensive, it captures the personal story of a woman who found the courage to speak truth to power and celebrates her legacy, which continues to inspire those engaged in the fight for equality and social justice. (Dir. by Freida Lee Mock, 2013, USA, 95 mins., Not Rated, Samuel Goldwyn) Digital

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Powerful movie about the courage of Professor Anita Hill to choose to speak out about the sexual harassment she endured as a young lawyer working for then-EEOC Chairman Clarence Thomas. This happened back in the early 1980’s before sexual harassment policies were in effect and also before many women were speaking out against harassment in the workplace. Anita is still speaking out about gender equality and indeed changed the way men/women perceive women’s rights in America.

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