George Orwell's '1984' Screened Around the World in anti-Trump Protest

Film adaptation of dystopian classic showed in cinema houses around the world in initiative 'to get people talking' and encourage political discussion.

An employee at The Picture House Regional Film Center arranges a sign board ahead of the screening for the movie 1984, in New York, April 4, 2017.

References to George Orwell’s dystopian classic “1984” have proliferated since the inauguration of President Trump, at one point sending the book to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list.

Today, according to an Al Jazeera report, close to 200 movie theaters worldwide screened Michael Radford’s film adaptation of the novel, originally released in — wait for it — 1984.

The initiators of the event, Dylan Skolnick of the Cinema Arts Centre on Long Island and Adam Birnbaum of the Avo Theatre Film Centre in Connecticut, decided to stage the international screening as an homage to Orwell’s novel, in which protagonist Winston Smith begins keeping a journal in an act of defiance against the omnipotent state on that same day.

“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 told Al Jazeera’s Jillian Kestler-D’Amours.

“This is really designed to get people talking and discussing and active in the political conversation that is happening in America right now – and throughout the world, it turns out.”

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