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US theatres to show 1984 as Trump protest

dpa logodpa 29/03/2017

Almost 200 US movie theatres will hold protest screenings of 1984, with organisers saying the adaptation of the George Orwell book has "never been timelier".

More than 180 independent movie theatres across the US will screen the film 1984 on April 4 as a reaction to President Donald Trump's administration.

The dystopian film, a 1980s adaptation of the book Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, will be screened in 165 US cities, as well as in Canada, England, Sweden and Croatia, according to a website that describes the event.

"Orwell's portrait of a government that manufactures their own facts, demands total obedience and demonises foreign enemies, has never been timelier," the website says.

The screenings will take place April 4 because that is the date the story's main character, Winston Smith, played by John Hurt in the film, starts a forbidden diary.

Some of the proceeds of the screenings will be donated or used to underwrite other "educational and community-related" programming, the website says.

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