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When Shere Hite, feminist sex researcher and author of The Hite Report, became a best-selling writer, she had no idea that her ground-breaking research would lead to her ultimate erasure. Drawing from anonymous surveys in which she asked women about their intimate sexual experiences, Hite’s findings exploded open a much-needed dialogue around women’s pleasure, desire and sexual experiences. As her books and findings gained international attention, Hite engaged in vibrant and often heated public debates that challenged conservative ideologies and a male establishment that felt threatened by her and her work. Through Hite’s personal journals, Academy Award–nominated director Nicole Newnham (Crip Camp, 2020) expertly and cinematically weaves together the archives of Hite’s life and her liberating work on gender, sexuality and bodily autonomy. Ahead of their time, Hite’s revolutionary work and life remain as a foreboding tale of what can happen to women who dare speak out and reveal their truths. Heather Haynes