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The Divide

  • Documentary and factual
  • 2016
  • Katharine Round
  • 77 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Seven unconnected people striving for a better life across the US and UK discover the odds may be stacked against them. Filmmaker Katharine Round provokes intimate moments to build a mosaic of lives in the grip of fear and insecurity - driven by an ever widening gap between richest and poorest.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

What happens when the rich get richer? How did the income gap become so large? How does it affect the people who barely make enough money to survive? These are the questions that drive The Divide, a timely documentary that examines economic inequality in the modern world. Casting an eye across the income spectrum, it follows seven individuals from different backgrounds, including an ambitious psychologist from New York, a hardworking carer from Newcastle and a recovering alcoholic from Glasgow. Some stories are more interesting than others, but they combine to form an intriguing, thought-provoking experience that looks at both sides of the coin. That said, there's little doubt that the film's sympathies lie with the underprivileged, while director Katharine Round is somewhat critical of the so-called "American Dream". Nevertheless, she gives us plenty to think about, and the subject matter is important.

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Credits

Cast

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Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky
Max HastingsMax Hastings

Crew

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DirectorKatharine Round

Details

Theatrical distributor
Dartmouth Films
Released on
2016-04-22
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing.
Formats
Colour
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