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#SalemOR Progressive Film Series: THE DIVIDE at Historic Grand Theatre – Tues. Jan. 16th

57164cdbba5cb-283x300The Divide. What Happens When the Rich Get Richer.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 | 7:00 PM

In the US, the richest 0.1 per cent of people own roughly the same as the bottom 90 per cent; in the UK, the 1000 richest are wealthier than the poorest 40 per cent. On both sides of the Atlantic, inequality is at its highest level since 1928.

Surprisingly, these are about the only statistics in Katharine Round’s film The Divide. You would expect more, seeing as it was inspired by the 2009 book The Spirit Level, a graph-heavy manifesto linking wealth and social outcomes by epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.

Instead, film maker Round dwells on the human story behind the numbers, and tells it very effectively. The film follows seven people in the UK and the US as it explores what happens to everyone when the rich get richer. By weaving these stories with 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.

Guest Speaker: Russ Beaton, Professor Emeritus of Economics from Willamette University

Salem Progressive Film Series Page

 

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