Thursday, April 20, 2017

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: A newly resonant dystopia comes to TV

By Katrina Onstad
Hulu's first poster for "The Handmaid's Tale."
HOLLYWOOD---This is how a war on women ramps up: First, their bank accounts are frozen, and then they’re forbidden to work. Protesters gather, waving signs and chanting. Then, in this flashback scene from the first episode of the new Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the police open fire on the demonstrators. Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel, the series tells the story of a country reinvented: A violent religious coup has turned the United States into Gilead, a theocracy where women have been stripped of their rights and the more fertile conscripted into “handmaids,” forced to bear children for the elite. The television adaptation arrives with a newfound and unexpected resonance in Trump’s America. [link]
'The Handmaid's Tale' takes a stand in newest poster