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 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. 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 Divide has utilised new models of finance and distribution throughout production.
The film's groundbreaking crowdfunding strategy was devised by Disobedient and harnessed the power of its audience - over 2000 people kickstarted the project by pre-buying downloads and other merchandise. The amount contributed towards the production budget exceeded £120,000, and generated coverage throughout the mainstream media including The Guardian, Huffington Post, Boing Boing, New Internationalist and OpenDemocracy.
The film is being produced in partnership with Dartmouth Films, and was released in UK cinemas on the 22 April 2016 to widespread critical acclaim. You can read our reviews at www.thedividedocumentary.com/press and visit www.thedividedocumentary.com/screenings to find out where it is showing near you.
Produced and Directed by: Katharine Round Executive Producer: Christopher Hird Editor: John Mister Director Of Photography: Woody James