Wednesday 4th May 2016
Creative Edge at 6.00pm
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.
For years we’ve wondered what’s been going wrong. As many Western countries have become richer, they’ve seemingly become unhappier, with social and health problems which refuse to go away. This film seeks to unravel that mystery: why, despite increasing material wealth, Western countries such as the US and UK are experiencing profound social breakdown.
The Divide plots parallel character narratives together with an archive spine, juxtaposing news reports from 1979 to the present day, with the outcomes of those economic decisions and the thinking that made them possible. The lines are clearly drawn between the big picture and the very personal, producing a new and more human way of depicting the true toll of rising inequality.
The Divide is inspired by the critically-acclaimed best-selling book ‘The Spirit Level‘ by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. The film will be shown on May 4th 2016 at 6pm at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus as part of the formal launch of Living Wage West Lancashire addressing poverty and inequality locally.