The Divide: What Happens When The Rich Get Richer

Wed Nov 20, 11am–1pm
Presented by: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
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The Divide takes a deeply personal look at wealth inequality, telling the story of seven individuals striving for a better life in the modern-day U.S. and U.K. — where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%. There's Wall Street psychologist Alden, who wants to make it to the top 1%; KFC worker Leah from Virginia, who just wants to make it through the day; and Jen in Sacramento, California, who doesn’t talk to her neighbors in her upscale gated community because they’ve made it clear she isn’t “their kind.”

Weaving these stories and others with stunning footage and commentary from experts like Noam Chomsky, The Divide shows how virtually every aspect of our lives is controlled by one factor: the size of the gap between rich and poor. The film is inspired by the critically acclaimed, best-selling book The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.

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