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By Benjamin Franz | November 16, 2023

An episodic, lyrical miniseries developed for the web, Gynarchy is a strange and wondrous concoction. In a post-apocalyptic world, villages of women, structured like bee colonies, live their lives. Once a year, they distribute seeds to fertile women and thus continue their villages onward.

“…they distribute seeds to fertile women…”

In this society where there exists no man, life has become both poetic and humdrum. Nobody really understands why they continue. The antagonists, an order of holy knights, preserve the seed. How they collect said seed is a mystery best left to this 12-minute short.

I found Gynarchy utterly fascinating. Kelly Sarri has prepared a gentle, trippy ride of a film. Apparently, it won a Webby. I can see why. This is quality storytelling through free verse. If you’re in the market for a surreal, genteel, short piece of science fiction, seek out Gynarchy. It’s pretty great.

Gynarchy (2023)

Directed and Written: Kelly Sarri

Starring: Sandy Aguilar, Zaya May, Sam Lucas Smith, etc.

Movie score: 6/10

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"…a strange and wondrous concoction..."

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