By V Renée
When words fail visuals speak.
In the dystopian world of Gilead, where a totalitarian theonomy has enslaved fertile women to turn them into child-bearing servants of the state, civil disobedience is subtle and revolutionaries keep their battle cries under their tongues. Being “under His eye” not only sets rigid restrictions on what the citizens of the former United States are permitted to do or say, but it turns one’s mind into a place that serves as both Promised Land for free thought and war room to plot resistance.
Cinematically this gives The Handmaid’s Tale fewer options to communicate the harrowing stories of Offred and her fellow handmaidens, but director Reed Morano and cinematographer Colin Watkinson’s audiovisual approach to the series creates a unique style of storytelling that allows the silent rebel yell of an entire group of marginalized women to be heard.
In this video essay, ScreenPrism digs deep into the techniques used in the show that grant us entry into places to which not even the Republic of Gilead has access.
From:: No Film School