March 12th, 2016 | Comments Off on Documentary The Divide gets UK release date
After premiering at last year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, the theatrical release of documentary The Divide in the UK is set for 22nd April. The film seeks to expose the effect of the ever growing increase in inequality in the world.
Directed by Katharine Round (The Citizens Network, London Recruits) and executive produced by Christopher Hird, MD of Dartmouth Films, The Divide is inspired by the book The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.
The Divide tells the story of seven individuals striving for a better life in modern day USA and the 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.
You can read DocGeeks’ full review here.
Director Katharine Round said of her film and its subject: “When it comes to income and wealth inequality we are confronted with shocking statistics on a regular basis, but yet it seems we still we aren’t connected to what they really mean. The Divide has a simple premise: seven people at different positions in the income spectrum across the USA and UK, their intertwining stories revealing how every aspect of their lives are affected by gross income inequality. There is no data in The Divide. There is no voice telling us what to think or what to do. The Divide is about seeing, and feeling, how very personal psychological levers are pulled in all of us by the dramatic shifts of income and wealth occurring under our noses.”
Executive Producer Christopher Hird said: “With opinion polls showing that over 80% of the population think that inequality is an important issue, Katharine Round’s film could not be more timely. Without graphs and without didactic narration, the film shows the social, economic and psychological realities of living in an unequal world.“
The Divide is in UK cinemas from 22 April 2016, for more information visit www.thedividedocumentary.com
Written by Alexandra Zeevalkink
Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.
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