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Film Screening: The Handmaid's Tale

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This 1990 thriller is based on Margaret Atwood's controversial and critically acclaimed best-selling novel. In the not-so-distant future, strong-willed and beautiful Kate possesses a precious commodity that most women have lost and most men want to control, fertility. Kate is forced into a boot camp and thinks she's made out well when she's assigned to an eminent party leader. But when she learns that he's sterile, she's faced with the impossible choice: produce him an heir or die! The film stars Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway and Robert Duvall and directed by Volker Schlöndorff. It is 108 minutes and rated “R”. Viewers are invited to a discussion of the book and film after the screening.
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