Anita Hill, remembered by many people from Justice Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation hearings in 1991, attended the Sundance Film Festival this year to discuss Anita, a documentary about the ordeal by filmmaker Freida Mock.
Hill spoke with Braunwyn Walsh of On Native Ground, which is covering the film festival from a Native perspective for the fifth consecutive year. Walsh is a sophomore at the University of Arizona, and within her first 24 hours in Park City she attended three world premieres and conducted two interviews. Meanwhile, the temperature was plunging to 19 degrees Fahrenheit and Walsh was fending odd a mild stomach bug. Welcome to Sundance.
"It didn't take long for me to grasp the kind of courage a woman would need (especially a woman of color) to fight those baseless accusations in her pursuit of the truth," Walsh says. "In our interview, Anita acknowledged this courage came from the love and strength from her family. I was in awe of her grace and her powerful energy, and what ran through my head was her sitting before that U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on that grueling day of testifying — October 11, 1991 — and also the public attention and criticism that she faced for coming forward with her story. What awes me is that it didn't faze her. She knew what she had seen and experienced and she had the strength to speak out against the violence."
Here's the interview with Hill — who grew up in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, the heart of the Creek Nation.