More popular than ever, witches become soldiers of the US Army in “Motherland: Fort Salem”, a new series available this November 20 on Amazon Prime Video.
Lux Æterna, Sacitées sorcières, The Craft, Les Nouvelles aventures de Sabrina … Omnipresent on our screens, witches are on the rise in 2020. Very identified in the collective imagination, the world of cinema and television is taking a malicious pleasure in seizing the myth to better divert it, modernize it or even reinvent it. This is what Eliot Laurence, screenwriter and creator of the series Motherland: Fort Salem, is doing, which arrives on the Amazon Prime Video platform on November 20.
Composed of ten episodes, this fiction takes place in a dystopian universe where the witch hunt has been abolished for three hundred years. America implements the Salem Accord which obliges women with superpowers to fight the evil forces that threaten the planet. To better serve their country, they must join, from the age of eighteen, the ranks of the army to become real soldiers. In Motherland: Fort Salem, viewers are invited to follow the fate ofAbigail, Raelle and Tally, three heroines at heart of a war that is brewing.
A feminist and ambitious series
“Witches have always been one of my obsessions, admits Eliot Laurence to the American magazine Entertainment Weekly. Even when I was a little boy, just learning the meaning of that word drove me crazy.“Before making a television series, the screenwriter wanted to make Motherland: Fort Salem a literary saga, in the vein of Hunger Games or from Harry potter. The author had detailed the story on paper, with several volumes in mind, but the project never materialized. It was finally on the American cable channel Freeform that the series was born.
Motherland: Fort Salem has almost only actresses in its cast. The program is particularly feminist – consistent with the symbol embodied by witches – and emphasizes the representation of minorities. We can in particular follow an LGBT romance between two characters and it is an African-American actress, Sheryl Lee Ralph, who plays the president of States–United. For Eliot Laurence, witches represent “a very strong pillar outside the traditional patriarchal powerOne thing is certain: the formula seems to be attractive since a second season has already been ordered for next year.
Check out the trailer for “Motherland: Fort Salem”: