Free viewings of The Divide and discussions on Making Bristol Better October 2016 

In Bristol 23% of our children still live in poverty. Unemployment, zero hours contracts, homelessness and high housing costs are making people’s lives a misery. Over the past decade there has been a dramatic rise in the number of food banks and people claiming in-work benefits. Average house prices in Bristol have increased by 29%, excluding many from ever owning their own home.

But what effect does living in a socially divided society have on our individual health and the economy as a whole? Evidence collated by leading public health experts Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, authors of The Spirit Level, show that we all suffer in our day to day lives because of this unfair distribution of wealth.

The film The Divide tells the story of seven individuals striving for a better life in the USA and UK, where the top 0.1 per cent owns as much wealth as the bottom 90 per cent. The film highlights the toxic effects on divided communities, where both the rich and poor struggle to live happy fulfilled lives. The Divide creates a picture of how economic division creates social division. It serves as both a call to arms, and a powerful warning that unequal societies are bad for all of us.

Director of The Divide Katharine Round says: “I wanted to put a face to things that are everywhere and nowhere – breakdown of society, fear of crime, rising mental-health issues. I wanted to bring the issues to people who probably wouldn’t read a book on inequality.”

Each film viewing will be followed by a chance to discuss the issues raised by this film with local politicians, health campaigners, volunteers, economists, academics and entrepreneurs.

Professor Robin Hambleton, chair of the discussion on leadership and social cohesion says: “This remarkable film presents an incisive commentary on the growth of social divisions in modern society. The discussion after the film will consider what action can be taken locally to address these challenges. What promising initiatives can we identify? What should be the priorities for local leaders? How can new solutions be encouraged and developed? Do get to see this film and join the debate.”

Dates speakers and locations of free viewings 

A healthy economy and environment
Saturday 15 October 2016 4–5.15pm film; 5.15–6pm discussion
Avonmouth Community Centre BS11 9EN
Speakers: Cllr Jo Sargeant, Chris Sunderland Real Economy
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Leadership and community cohesion
Monday 17 October 6–7.15pm film; 7.15–8pm discussion
Knowle West Media Centre BS4 1NL
Speakers: Prof Robin Hambleton UWE, Cllr Helen Holland, Ruth Pitter VOSCUR
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Living life to the full
Thursday 20 October 2016 6–7.15pm film; 7.15–8pm discussion and celebration
Easton Community Centre BS5 6AW
Speakers: Health Champions, 91 Ways to Build a Global City
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FFi: Mary Rivers Equality Bristol T 07879 636663 M @equalitybristol
This event is part of Health City Week Healthy City Week 2016
In association with: Equality Bristol Dartmouth Films Bristol Pound