In 1949, George Orwell’s dystopian-themed 1984 was released causing a ripple that has permeated pop culture references and discussions of socioeconomics. Now in 2017, phrases such as doublethink, Newspeak, telescreen, 2+2=5, thoughtcrime and of course, Big Brother – which has now been adapted into a reality show – are still being used. And right now, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, seems to be being brought into the mix.
All over the world, some theatres are starting to show 1984 – again as means of gentle protest to Trump. According to some sources, they are a homage to Orwell and a protest to the Trump administration.
Ironically – although intended – April 4, marks the day that the protagonist of 1984, Winston Smith, begun his resistance against the government of their setting.
What started out as a national screening day turned out to be an international screening day. Canada, Croatia, Holland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom have joined the United States. Some people might say that they are just commemorating the literary work of Orwell, but there are also some that beg to differ.
According to the organizers:
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.
What Does 1984 Mean To Us?
Regardless, of what people say, this seemingly ‘momentous’ event is just a stark reminder of the ripple of the current political climate in the United States. Whilst some say that President Trump is not directly affecting them, this example just goes to show that there are some people across the world who appear to also be reacting to his policies.
Admittedly there will be a lot of reactions and parallelisms that can be drawn from his current policies. He is the President of the most powerful nation in the free world and he does have a few ‘quirks’ that people are still getting used to.
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