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On April 4, 2017, FilmBar and almost 90 other art house movie theaters across the country in 79 cities and in 34 states, plus one location in Canada, will be participating collectively in a national event day screening of the movie 1984. This screening is presented with support from the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona.

Orwell’s novel begins with the sentence, ‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’ Less than one month into the new presidential administration, theater owners collectively believe the clock is already striking thirteen. Orwell’s 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.

A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona. For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. For nearly 60 years, the ACLU of Arizona has fought to prevent Arizona’s state and local governments from infringing upon our most cherished constitutional rights including freedom of speech and assembly, equal protection of the law, and the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.


Tuesday 4, April