29 Days Of Black History – Day 26: Confirmation

It only takes one voice to change history

Release Date:  4/16/16; HBO
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  TV-14
Running Time:   110 mins.
Studio(s):  ABC Signature Studios, Groundswell Productions, HBO Films.
Director:  Rick Famuyiwa
Cast:  Kerry Washington (Anita Hill), Wendell Pierce (Clarence Thomas), Erika Christensen (Shirley Wiegand), Zoe Lister-Jones (Carolyn Hart), Greg Kinnear (Joe Biden), Grace Gummer (Ricki Seidman), Jeffrey Wright (Charles Ogletree), Eric Stonestreet (Ken Duberstei), Kimberly Elise (Sonia Jarvis), Jennifer Hudson (Angela Wright), Alison Wright (Virginia Thomas).

Story:  Confirmation, the HBO original movie, details the 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings.  Anita Hill, a law professor at Oklahoma University, is contacted and questioned about Clarence Thomas. Hill, a former employee of Thomas, is prompted to speak about his workplace treatment. Her allegations of sexual harassment are leaked, and a media frenzy ensues. A hearing takes place at which Anita tells the Senate Judiciary Committee that, among other things, Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her 10 years prior.  Afterwards, a series of events unfolds as the Committee tries to determine who is telling the truth, with the world watching.

Kerry Washington portrays law professor Anita Hill, who accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.  With Wendell Pierce as Judge Thomas, Greg Kinnear as Democratic Senator Joe Biden, who presided over the hearings as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Jeffrey Wright plays Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree, Professor Hill’s lead attorney during the hearings.  Kimberly Elise plays Sonia Jarvis, a civil rights attorney on Anita Hill’s legal team. Jennifer Hudson portrays Angela Wright, another Thomas accuser.  Erika Christensen plays Shirley Wiegand, Hill’s close friend and Alison Wright portrays Ginni Thomas, Thomas’ wife.  Source:  Shadow and Act; Tamaratattles.com; IMDB; crossthenetflixstream.blogspot.com; Wikipedia.



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