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200 US theatres to screen 1984 in protest against President Donald Trump

200 US theatres across 44 states will screen an adaptation of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984 in protest of the Donald Trump presidency.

hollywood Updated: Apr 04, 2017 21:24 IST
The late John Hurt in a still from 1984.
The late John Hurt in a still from 1984.

Nearly 200 independent movie theatres across the United States on Tuesday will screen the film of George Orwell’s 1984 novel about a dystopian future in what organisers say is a stand against US President Donald Trump’s administration.

The 1949 book, which returned to the US best-seller list in January, features a Big Brother government that spies on its citizens and forces them into “doublethink,” or simultaneously accepting contradictory versions of the truth.

Organisers the United State of Cinema said the screenings were arranged to “take a stand for our most basic values: freedom of speech, respect for our fellow human beings, and the simple truth that there are no such things as ‘alternative facts.’”

The British novel was reprinted in January, decades after it was written, following the Trump administration’s defense of “alternative facts,” a term White House official Kellyanne Conway used during a dispute over the size of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration.

Laura Wood of Skoob Books poses for a photograph with a copy of George Orwell's 1984.

Adam Birnbaum, director of Film Programming for the Avon Theatre Film Center in Stamford, Connecticut, and co-organizer of the event, said Orwell’s themes were just as relevant today as they were nearly 70 years ago.

“Our concern is the idea that the only answer is the one coming from the mouthpiece running the (Trump) administration and that there’s this effort to sort of snuff out anything but that,” Birnbaum said.

The movie, made in 1984 and starring John Hurt and Richard Burton, will be screened in 44 states. It will also be shown at five locations in Canada, one in England, one in Sweden and one in Croatia.

A copy of George Orwell's 1984 sits on the shelf of a bookstore in New York.

Birnbaum, who will screen the film at the Avon Theatre Film Center on Tuesday, said a number of the theaters have scheduled post-film audience discussions.

“If nothing else, we hope that people will continue to be voices of opposition to some of the practices that are currently being employed by government,” he said.

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