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Wed 26 October 2016, 19:00 – 21:30 BST
Exeter Community Initiatives is organising a screening of “The Divide” a film that explores the links between inequality, poverty and the social issues we as a society are facing. The screening will be on the 26th October at 7:00pm followed by a discussion.
ECI will use the film as a stimulus to discuss what action we can take locally and leave the evening feeling empowered to take action, rather than as so often happens with this subject, feeling disempowered.
The film is costing £144 to screen, so we are asking for a voluntary donation of £4 to cover this cost. Any surplus will go direct towards ECI work to help where it matters most to get lives back on track.
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% owns 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.
For more information see http://thedividedocumentary.com