With the world's richest 62 people owning as much wealth as the bottom 3.5 billion (yes, that's billion with a B), it's clear to most that inequality has reached obscene levels. But how did it get to this? Why is it being tolerated? And how do we fight our way out of it?
As part of the growing movement trying to answer these questions, Occupy London Tours is proud to host this screening of The Divide, a new, award-winning documentary based on the best-selling book The Spirit Level. After the screening we'll be joined by the film's Director Katherine Round for a brief panel discussion and Q&A, followed by some drinks at the bar.
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.
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.
About Occupy London Tours:
Occupy London Tours is a non-profit walking tours collective aiming to demystify seemingly complex aspects of modern day Britain (and beyond) - from finance and economics to energy and politics.