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The Divide

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10 November 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The John Rylands Library
150 Deansgate
M3 3EH

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ESRC Festival of Social Science logoThe University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute hosted this film screening of The Divide.

The Divide tells the story of seven individuals striving for better lives in the US and UK where the top 1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%.

Inspired by the best-selling book “The Spirit Level,” these real stories uncover how virtually every aspect of our lives is controlled by the divide between rich and poor.

Wall Street psychologist Alden wants to make it to the top 1%; KFC worker Leah from Virginia just wants to make it through the day; Jen in California has neighbours in her upscale gated community who dont’t talk to her because she isn’t “their kind”.

Featuring 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.

Professor David Hulme of the Global Development Institute (GDI) gave a post-screening Q&A on how we address such global inequalities.

Check out the Global Development Institute blog for more information on this event and the work of the GDI.


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Twitter: @GlobalDevInst