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The Divide

Katherine Round
Screening time  
23.02. / Tuesday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 5  
What happens when the rich get richer?

The Divide is a cinematic documentary that tells the story of 7 individuals striving for a better life in modern day US and UK – where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%. By plotting these tales together, we uncover how every aspect of our lives is controlled by one factor: the size of the gap between the rich and the poor. This isn’t based on real life. This is real life. Wall Street psychologist Alden wants to make it to the top 1%; KFC worker Leah from Richmond, Virginia just wants to make it through the day; Jen 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”. By weaving these stories with the 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. It serves both as a call to arms, and a powerful warning. 


Katherine Round

Katharine Round is a producer and director with over sixteen years’ experience in documentary films. She has made films for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Discovery, amongst others. Alongside The Divide, her other recent projects as a director include London Recruits: The Secret War Against Apartheid, Invisible Women; and the Grierson-nominated Transplant for BBC1. She is the co-founder of Disobedient Films and a founder of Docheads. 

General sponsor

The Spirit Level (working title)

Great Britain
2015, 75'

Directed by:
Katherine Round

Screenplay by:
Katharine Round

Woody James

Edited by:
John Mister

Andrew Hewitt

Katharine Round

Produced by:
Dartmouth Films, Literally Films

Festivals & Awards:

Open City Documentary Festival 2015; East End Film Festival 2015; Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015; Take One Action Film Festival 2015