The Divide

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The John Rylands Library

150 Deansgate

Manchester, United Kingdom

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The University of Manchester is proud to host a screening of The Divide on Thursday 10th November as part of the week-long national ESRC Festival of Social Science.

The Divide tells the story of seven individuals striving for better lives in the US and UK where the top 1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%.

Inspired by the best-selling book “The Spirit Level,” these real stories uncover how virtually every aspect of our lives is controlled by the divide between rich and poor.

Wall Street psychologist Alden wants to make it to the top 1%; KFC worker Leah from Virginia just wants to make it through the day; Jen in California has neighbours in her upscale gated community who dont't talk to her because she isn’t “their kind”.

Featuring 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.

Professor David Hulme of The University of Manchester's Global Development Institute will give a post-screening Q&A on how we address such global inequalities - a research beacon area where the University of Manchester is known and regarded for its pioneering discoveries, collaboration and cross-sector partnerships tackling some of the biggest questions facing the planet.

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