A few chains of movie theaters around the country will be showing the film 1984 as a "protest" against President Donald Trump. The film will be shown on April 4, which is the date the main character of the novel begins writing in his diary.
A statement from the group of theaters said that they believe that 1984 was a preview of how the Trump administration is going to strip rights from American citizens, and believes that a movie showing will "encourage [people] to take a stand."
Orwell's novel begins with the sentence, "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." Less than one month into the new presidential administration, theater owners collectively believe the clock is already striking thirteen. Orwell's portrait of a government that manufactures their own facts, demands total obedience, and demonizes foreign enemies, has never been timelier. The endeavor encourages 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.' By doing what they do best - showing a movie - 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. Through nationwide participation and strength in numbers, these screenings are intended to galvanize people at the crossroads of cinema and community, and bring us together to foster communication and resistance against current efforts to undermine the most basic tenets of our society."
Participating theaters that charge admission will be donating a portion of the proceeds to local charities and organizations, or using the proceeds for the purposes of underwriting future educational and community-related programming
Since Trump was elected, the novel of 1984 has been a top seller on Amazon.