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The Divide - Film Screening
Mon 7 November 2016, 18:30 – 20:45 GMT
The Divide – Film Screening
Monday 7th November 2016, 6.30pm
Crypt of St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul’s Institute, in collaboration with Dartmouth Films, invites you to a screening of the new documentary The Divide as part of our ongoing work on income and wealth equality. This event will provide context about the realities of inequality in the UK today as well as an audience Q&A with the filmmakers and Sir Alan Budd, founding member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee and Special Adviser at the Treasury during Margaret Thatcher’s government.
“The Divide tells the story of 7 individuals striving for a better life in the modern day US and UK - where the top 0.1% own as much wealth as the bottom 90%. By plotting these tales together, we uncover how virtually 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. The film is inspired by the critically-acclaimed, best-selling book The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.”
Free tickets are available for those for whom the charge would make it difficult to attend: please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a free ticket.