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Anita Hill is ‘mobbed’ at Sundance

Posted Jan 25, 2013 3:02 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The woman who accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment at his Supreme Court nomination hearing got a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival last Saturday.

Anita Hill won the audience's recognition at a screening of a documentary about her life, according to the Carpetbagger blog of the New York Times. The film, titled “Anita,” was made by Freida Mock.

“People come up to her, she’s a lightning rod for them to tell their story,” Mock told the Carpetbagger. “She gets mobbed.”

Now a professor of law, social policy and women’s studies at Brandeis University, Hill told the Salt Lake Tribune she has 25,000 letters in basement file cabinets with accounts of sexual harassment. She says she has changed since her testimony, and that’s one reason she has never again worn the blue dress in which she made her Senate appearance. “I was someone before 1991, and I’m someone since then. The dress locks me into a place and moment,” she said.

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