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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