Christine Blasey Ford Testimony: Real-Time Bravery Under Impossible Circumstances — Analysis

IndieWire | 9/28/2018 | Kate Erbland
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The testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford during Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings brought the sense of watching history in action, much like the Anita Hill hearings in 1991. Those moments led to both last year’s HBO movie “Confirmation,” and the 2013 documentary “Anita,” but the Ford testimony has already become a tense real-life drama. As the session began, broadcast via C-SPAN3, both Ford and Kavanaugh submitted the written statements that would form the basis for their testimony.

IndieWire Film Editor Kate Erbland and TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller watched the hearing together and shared these thoughts.

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MILLER: We’re beginning this conversation just after Dr. Ford finished delivering her opening statement, which was simply heartbreaking — a stark and emotional recollection of her experiences. It was the nadir of the societal failures behind these circumstances: Here was a woman being forced to relive this traumatizing incident to an audience of millions.

ERBLAND: While the details of the alleged sexual assault have been made public over the past few weeks, seeing and hearing Dr. Ford share her story in a room filled with strangers and on national television was still wrenching. It was clear during the first half-hour of the session — dominated by Senators Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein lobbing various barbs at each other before finally getting to Dr. Ford and the actual hearing — that Dr. Ford was nervous and uneasy, and once she got into the details of the attack and the emotional fallout, the fear she still feels today was palpable. A public hearing like this may seem ghoulish, but the clarity that Dr. Ford provided can’t be overstated.

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Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley.

MILLER: Still, she really did make it through that section of the hearing as well as can...
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