Based on the award-winning 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, the 1990 film “The Handmaid’s Tale” portrays a dismal near future, where infertility, environmental disaster, and a totalitarian religious government destroy life as we know it, especially for females. Because of declining births, any woman with viable ovaries is assigned the position of Handmaid, the duties of which are to conceive the children of men in power. Under the new regime in the Republic of Gilead, families have been torn apart, and freedoms severely restricted. Kate, renamed Offred under the new regime, still maintains her own mind, and is hopeful that a challenging resistance movement may overcome the destructive regime. The film stars Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Aidan Quinn and Robert Duvall.
The movie is at the Central Library and the showing begins at 1:30.