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Theaters to play ‘1984’ in global Trump protest

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Nearly 200 movie theaters worldwide reportedly plan to screen the film version of “1984” simultaneously Tuesday in protest against President Trump.

The demonstration, called “National Screening Day,” primarily involves cinemas in the U.S. but also includes venues in Canada, Croatia, Sweden and the United Kingdom, according to Monday reports.

Al Jazeera said the event was created by Dylan Skolnick, co-director of the Cinema Arts Centre on Long Island in New York, and Adam Birnbaum, director of film programing at Connecticut’s Avon Theatre Film Centre.

{mosads}“In particular, this undermining of the concept of facts and the demonization of foreign enemies [by the Trump administration] really resonate in ‘1984,’” Skolnick said.

The event is scheduled for April 4 as a nod to the date Winston Smith, the protagonist of George Orwell’s novel, begins resisting the Inner Party and Big Brother.

“No one is suggesting that we’re living in Orwell’s world. But the road to that world is people just becoming disengaged and allowing their government to do whatever it wants,” Skolnick said.

“1984” depicts a totalitarian future society controlled by a single political party amid perpetual war and endless government surveillance.

Sales of Orwell’s book have surged since Trump’s inauguration, and in particular since adviser Kellyanne Conway’s use of the phrase “alternative facts,” which many see as echoing the concept of “doublethink” from the dystopian novel.

Al Jazeera reported that most of the cinemas participating in “National Screening Day” will donate part of their ticket sales to organizations working on civil rights or other issues important to their communities.

The Royal Cinema in Toronto, it said as an example, will give part of its profits to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, which defends human rights and liberties across Canada.

The film version of “1984” was released in the same year as its title and stars actors John Hurt as Smith.

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