Yoko Ono hopes to kindle a love for political activism in today's youth by making a documentary film that looks at her life with John Lennon. The artist -- who turns 84 today -- will be teaming up with producer Michael De Luca, whose film credits include 'The Social Network' (2010) and 'Moneyball' (2011).
When announcing the project earlier this month, De Luca released a statement saying, "The story will focus on ripe and relevant themes of love, courage and activism in the U.S. – with the intention of inspiring today's youth to stand up for and have a clear vision for the world they want."
Ono and Lennon met just over 50 years ago during an exhibition of her work at London's Indica Gallery (yes, it's named after what you think it's named after). Lennon was smitten right away with Ono's imagination and the positive message of her art.
After getting married in 1969, the two collaborated on projects that blended art with politics. Highlights include the songs 'Give Peace a Chance' and 'Happy Christmas (War Is Over)' as well as unconventional protest movements like Bagism. On top of opposing the Vietnam War, Lennon and Ono also advocated for cannabis legalization and women's rights -- often through controversial means.
And they would probably still be fighting for social justice today if Lennon hadn't been murdered outside his home in New York City on December 8, 1980. We'll never know how Lennon would have responded to the likes of President Donald Trump, but the music he made with Ono in the 70s is still relevant to politics in the age of "alternative facts."