Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Culture

Protesting Trump, ‘1984’ To Screen In Theaters Around The World

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.

Tomorrow, Al Jazeera reports, close to 200 movie theaters worldwide will screen 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 Avon Theatre Film Centre in Connecticut, decided to stage the international screening on April 4 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 to be talking and discussing and active in the political conversation that is happening in America right now – and throughout the world, it turns out.”

To find a screening, peruse listings of participating theaters here.

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.