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April 4, 2017

United Kingdom | 1984 | 113 Minutes | Michael Radford

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Special Event!

The dystopian classic starring the late John Hurt is screening in solidarity with theaters across the US for National Events Day. Director Michael Radford will be presenting the film via a special pre-recorded statement with a post-film discussion.

A portion of the proceeds from this screening will be donated to ACLU of Washington.

Orwell's novel begins with the sentence, "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." His portrait of a government that manufactures their own facts, demands total obedience, and demonizes foreign enemies, has never been timelier. The endeavor encourages theaters to take a stand for our most basic values: freedom of speech, respect for our fellow human beings, and the simple truth that there are no such things as 'alternative facts.' 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.

Director: Michael Radford
Principal Cast: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack, Gregor Fisher
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 1984
Running Time: 113 Minutes
Language: English