By Ben Travers | Indiewire August 14, 2013 at 2:24PM
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to "Anita," Freida Mock's documentary on Anita Hill. The film screened at the Sundance Film Festival and more recently played at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. It follows the legacy of Hill's shocking 1991 Senate testimony alleging U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas made harassing sexual statements to her while she was employed at the U.S. Department of Education and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Director Freida Mock has been nominated for five Academy Awards throughout her career and won an Oscar for Best Documentary (Feature) in 1995 for "Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision." Her last nomination came in 2002 for "Sing!" Mock said in a statement, "I'm very excited to be working with the great team at Samuel Goldwyn Films to bring "Anita" to moviegoers this fall."
The film features footage from the televised event as well as one-on-one interviews with Hill and her family. The film marks the first time Hill has spoken about what happened to her before the case and also delves into her private life since testifying.
"We are excited to be working with the talented Freida Mock in bringing Anita’s powerful, life-changing story to not only the people who lived through the circus of the hearings but also to a new generation," said Peter Goldwyn, Senior Vice President of Samuel Goldwyn Films. "Anita’s impact on the course of history over the last 20 plus years shouldn’t be forgotten and this film celebrates her legacy."
Samuel Goldwyn Films plans to release the film this fall, aka prime Oscar season.