Trump '1984' Protest: Theaters Around World to Screen Dystopian Film

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Trump '1984' Protest: Theaters Around World to Screen Dystopian Film

By Jen Krausz, Newsmax, Tuesday, 04 Apr 2017

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A copy of George Orwell's novel "1984" is displayed at The Last Bookstore on Jan. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

To protest President Donald Trump's policies, theaters around the world will show "1984," based on George Orwell's dystopian novel, at the same time Tuesday. Nearly 200 theaters are participating.

"In particular, this undermining of the concept of facts and the demonization of foreign enemies [by the Trump administration] really resonate in '1984,'" said co-director of Long Island’s Cinema Arts Centre Dylan Skolnick, Al Jazeera reported.

April 4 is a significant date for the screenings, since that is the date of "1984" protagonist Winston Smith’s first diary entry, his initial act of resistance against the government of the novel.

Most of the theaters screening the movie are in the U.S., but a few are in Canada, the UK, Sweden, and Croatia. Most of the theaters plan to donate part of the ticket sales to civil rights or other organizations, Al Jazeera reported.

Other news outlets have pointed out that the comparison to "1984" is overdone. An op-ed in the New York Post, titled "Please stop comparing Trump's presidency to Orwell's '1984,'" said, "If you feel free to tell everyone that you are living in '1984,' you aren’t."

The Daily Beast points out so-called "alternative facts" don’t exist in the novel’s Oceania because the Party controls all of the record-keeping and the press and changes the facts whenever it sees fit.