A new movie revisits Clarence Thomas's controversial confirmation hearings
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It was the pubic hair heard round the world, an alleged wayward strand on Clarence Thomas’ Coke can and a flash point of his 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Thanks in part to her claim regarding his remark about that hair, Anita Hill, a former colleague who said Thomas had harassed her, and her testimony took a permanent place in the national memory. But until recently, memory was largely where it stayed: Saturday Night Live mocked the proceedings, Thomas was confirmed by a vote of 52 to 48, and Hill returned to life as a college professor. So why would Academy Award–winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock return to it now in her documentary Anita, out March 21?