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The Divide documentary screening in Walsall
Fri 22 April 2016, 19:00 – 22:00 BST
The Divide tells the story of 7 individuals striving for a better life in modern day US and UK - where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%. By plotting these tales together, we uncover how every aspect of our lives is controlled by one factor: the size of the gap between rich and poor.
This isn’t based on real life. This is real life.
Wall Street psychologist Alden wants to make it to the top 1%; KFC worker Leah from Richmond, Virginia just wants to make it through the day; Jen in Sacramento, California doesn’t even talk to the neighbours in her upscale gated community – they’ve made it clear to her she isn’t “their kind”.
By weaving these stories with news archive from 1979 to the present day, The Divide creates a lyrical, psychological and tragi-comic picture of how economic division creates social division. It serves as both a call to arms, and a powerful warning. The film is inspired by the critically-acclaimed, best-selling book “The Spirit Level” by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.
The film launched as a preview at Sheffield Doc/Fest, the UK's premier international documentary festival. It goes on general UK release in April 2016, with Walsall being one of the first locations.
The screening starts at 7pm on Friday 22nd April. It lasts 1 hour 18 minutes and will be followed by discussion.
Free entry, contributions welcome. Places are limited.
More information about the film: http://thedividedocumentary.com
The event is organised with support from Unite Union - Walsall Branch and Walsall Trades Council.