REVIEW: ‘THE DIVIDE (2016)’ – WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE RICH GET RICHER

Apr 26 2016 BY Jovanne Campbell

Director: Katharine Round

Genre: Documentary

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

‘The Divide‘ provides an intriguing insight into explaining the increasing gap between the poor and the wealthy in western civilisation. The documentary shares the story of seven people struggling in a society that encompasses a system in which the rich get richer whilst the poor ultimately get poorer.

  

Katherine Round‘s documentary, based on the ‘The Spirit Level’ by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, touches on the economic booms during the Margaret Thatcher and Bill Clinton years, to Wall Street’s buying, selling and repackaging of debt, which was one of the primary factors that led to the 2008 economic crisis. The documentary really hits home when we’re reminded of former Lehman Brothers chairman Richard Fuld who created billions of dollars of toxic debt for investors to then receive a $480 million payout when the company folded.

The documentary provides testimonies from both the U.S and the U.K with, a nurse, a recovering alcoholic, an incarcerated male, KFC and Walmart employees, a Wall Street psychologist, and a housewife all speak of their desired goals. To different extents, all they seek is a comfortable life for themselves and their loved ones which starts with having the security of owning their own home and being able to pay bills on time.

The Divide is out in UK Cinemas now.

Check out the trailer below: