“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen,” the first line in George Orwell’s classic novel 1984 reads, an eerie resemblance to modern day America.
So similar, in fact, that several independent movie theaters across the country are gearing up to screen a film adaption of the classic novel, The Huffington Post reports.
The screenings are reportedly in protest of President Donald Trump’s proposed plans to cut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, which many writers, artists, and creators alike believe is a personal attack on the creativity and free speech of millions of Americans.
85 theaters across 34 states will begin showing screenings of the film, featuring the late John Hurt, on April 4. In true artistic fashion, the date the screenings are set to begin even holds symbolic value. As HuffPo notes, “the date marks the first time the story’s protagonist, Winston Smith, writes in his diary ― a major act of resistance against Big Brother, the figurehead of an authoritarian state that uses perpetual war, mass surveillance and censorship to control its people.”
Participating theater owners say they hope the showing will “foster communication and resistance against current efforts to undermine the most basic tenets of our society.” A portion of the proceeds gathered from ticket sales will go toward local charities and organizations.
A joint statement released by participating theater owners reads:
‘Orwell’s portrait of a government that manufactures their own facts, demands total obedience, and demonizes foreign enemies, has never been timelier. The goal is that cinemas can initiate a much-needed community conversation at a time when the existence of facts, and basic human rights are under attack.’
Orwell’s novel describes a presidential administration that manufactures their own facts, demands complete obedience from citizens, and makes enemies with foreign entities — a shocking resemblance to the Trump administration.
Sales of 1984 jumped last month after senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway made comments which strongly paralleled language used in the book, which was written over 60 years old. One edition of the book even topped Amazon’s bestseller list.
You can watch the trailer for 1984 below, via YouTube:
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