Arts/Culture

“1984” Screens Tonight to Protest Trump

Nearly 200 theaters around the country will screen “1984”tonight in protest of the Trump administration. “Orwell’s portrait of a government that manufactures [its] own facts, demands total obedience and demonizes foreign enemies has never been timelier,” say organizers for the event, adding that the screenings encourage theaters “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.’”

https://youtu.be/zt0FcgwC1zg

The film stars the late John Hurt as Winston Smith, a propagandist tasked with rewriting history to align with the dictates of the Party and its omniscient figurehead known as Big Brother. The timing of the screenings is not random: April 4 is the date of the first entry in Smith’s resistance diary.

https://youtu.be/Z4rBDUJTnNU

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