The Divide

In 1979 an economic experiment was launched in the United States an the United Kingdom. It was supposed to provide a better life for all. Today, in both countries, inequality is at its highest level since 1928. Reaganomics is one such term for this series of economic experiments and policies.

This film examines the lives of seven individuals currently striving for a better life in modern day US & UK, it is here that the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%. By stitching these peoples stories together we come to see how virtually every aspect of out lives appears to be controlled by one factor: the size of the gap between rich and poor.

Some of these individuals documented include: Wall Street psychologist Alden who has high hopes of becoming a One Percenter; KFC worker Leah from Richmond, Virginia wants to simply be able to make it through the day;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”.

Using interviews and archival footage from 1979 we come to learn how this divide became reality.

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  • RoyD

    …out there creating… way to make any value we’d have wanted to glean from you worthless.

  • janetbrauns

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    • Sean Duffy

      Or, you could just relax and enjoy what you’re watching and not moan about EVERYTHING in the world.

  • leslie graham

    “It was supposed to provide a better life for all.”
    !
    You have GOT to be joking. It was supposed to do exactly what it did and exactly what anyone with a brain could see it would do back in 79. That is to say to unwind the rights won by the working class after the war (an historical aberration) and return society to the way it has always been for thousands of years – a tiny rich elite ruling over the 99% poor.
    Got to hand it to them though – they managed to convince stupid people to vote for it over and over again until after 40 years they succeeded. And it isn’t going to stop there. Trump epitomises the elite and despite all we now know about him at least a third of voters will still vote for him and his thugs.