“My name means nothing to you. My memory is dust,” Ferguson’s Dinah tells us in voiceover at the beginning thus letting us know that this is her time to tell her story her way. The Red Tent” is a sweeping tale that takes place during the times of the Old Testament, told through the eyes of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob.
By moving women front and center, the miniseries cleverly redresses the Bible’s male-oriented tilt giving women a voice in the narratives of history from which they have historically been omitted. In this retelling, Dinah is given a voice—one she’s never afforded in the Bible, a book in which Dinah gets no lines. She criticizes Jacob for his hypocrisy in not condemning Simeon and Levi.
Spanning decades, Diamant’s twist on the Old Testament begins by shifting the emphasis from Jacob (“Game of Thrones’” Iain Glen) to his four wives, including Dinah’s mother Leah (Minnie Driver) and Rachel (Morena Baccarin), who passes on her knowledge of midwifery to the girl. Having blessed Jacob with nearly a dozen sons, including the visionary Joseph (Will Tudor), the women convene under a red tent, where they practice their rituals sharing their beliefs with the strong-willed Dinah.
Dinah matures and experiences an intense love that subsequently leads to a devastating loss, and the fate of her family is forever changed. Winger portrays Rebecca, Jacob’s mother while Tudor stars as Joseph, Dinah’s brother. It is a profound and engrossing tale of family traditions and the celebration of the silent feminine strength.
The all-star cast includes Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Minnie Driver (“Return to Zero,” “About a Boy”), Emmy nominee Morena Baccarin (“Homeland”), Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Ferguson (“The White Queen”), Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones”), Will Tudor (“Game of Thrones”) and Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Debra Winger (“Terms of Endearment”). The Red Tent is a perfect movie for family bonding and viewing.