“Fight the power”. This is how the actresses of Orange Is The New Black (OITNB) describe, in a nutshell, the new and fifth season of the Netflix series, online on June 9th. A formula directly borrowed from a moving and powerful scene drawn from these new episodes.
For Laverne Cox (Sophia) and Danielle Brooks (Taystee), this return of the Litchfield inmates takes place under the sign of the struggle against power. At the end of the previous season, a pistol made its entry behind the bars. One of the detainees, Dayanara, holds the gun firmly by pointing at one of the mates. This is the beginning of the rebellion.
“This season speaks about giving the floor, standing, sharing our beliefs and opinions, giving voice to those who do not,” says Taylor Schilling (Piper), interviewed by the editors of Girls at London. And Natasha Lyonne (Nicky) added: “What I like is the red thread: to rise up against injustice and to fight against authority over the abuse of power.”
“These women have the opportunity to take power in their hands,” summarizes Uzo Abuda (Suzanne). That is the case. Over the three days that this season is taking place, the inmates are freed from the patriarchal hand imposed by the male majority in the ranks of the masters. Even though the violence has not disappeared, an order has settled into anarchy.
We find our favorite characters there. Red, who is trying to get revenge on her executioner, Piscatella, Lorna and Nicky, who are looking for each other without being there, passing through Sosso, Cindy, Alex, Norma … And even Caputo who will find himself in situations Little delicate.
“Orange Is The New Black”, an ode to the diversity of minorities
More broadly, the Orange Is The New Black series gives pride of place to minorities, to all minorities. Blacks, Latinos, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people, Russians, Asians, the poor … And all are represented in a complete way, as Danielle Brooks points out: “Normally when I watch television, I see a black woman, I see only one version of this black woman, but in the OWNB there are many types of black women, and one can show that one is more than you can think. ”
And adds: “This is what makes this series so interesting to me, we are more things than what you believe.” And the more the series progresses, the more the number of inmates increases, and the more diverse the minorities. For example, in season 4 appear religious problems, still non-existent in the previous ones.
If it can be seen as a feminist production, the actresses go further. “It is almost reductive to speak of it as a fair feminist series,” explains Taylor Schilling. “There are also ideas of intersexuality, races, genera, social-economic status, poverty … ) Yes it is a series on women, but we can not separate feminism from other problems “.
Among them, the transgender condition. This is the first time we see a transgender character interpreted by a transgender actress. The actress concerned, Laverne Cox, confirms: “When we talk about my history and the issue of the trans population, many things have changed thanks to the series, and it is really interesting to be part of it.” In summary, as the actress says, Orange Is The New Black is a series that tells “stories that are not often told.”