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Directed & Produced by Katharine Round | Executive Producer Christopher Hird | Editor John Mister
The Divide tells the story of the effects of income inequality through 7 interweaving stories of people at different positions on the income scale, all striving for a better life in two of the developed world’s most unequal countries: the US and UK.
The film is inspired by the critically-acclaimed, best-selling book “The Spirit Level” by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.
After premiering at Sheffield International Documentary Festival, the film was released in 200+ UK cinemas across 70 cities in Spring 2016 to widespread critical acclaim, followed by a US and UK release on Netflix.
★★★★ "a fierce, unsettling film" Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
★★★★ "jaw-dropping stuff" Evening Standard
★★★★ "the intimate, people-centric approach makes for a more emotional experience than your average state-of-the-economy doc" TimeOut
★★★★ "a sensitive exploration of a vital issue" The Express
★★★★ "a tender, authoritative punch" Total Film
★★★★ "heartbreaking" HeyUGuys
★★★★ "poignant eye-opener" The Upcoming
"timely, emotionally shattering, formidable... This documentary will be seminal; it will be analysed to bits and viewed as valuable testimonial in decades to come" Picturehouse Cinemas
"an astoundingly accurate portrayal of social division...brilliantly shot, insightful" The British Blacklist
"a fascinating social portrait" New Scientist
"manages the trick of turning a data-driven book full of charts and graphs into an interwoven collection of gripping stories." Boing Boing
"The Divide beautifully translates the essence of The Spirit Level into 70 minutes of humanity...this film is a delight" The F-Word
Had some music on multiple bits of Countryfile - feeling quite chuffed!
Thanks to Jo Grace and the BBC Bristol team!
Three extraordinary people embark on journeys of recovery, discovery and rebellion and find themselves centre stage in the biggest capital punishment crisis in modern memory.
The Penalty is a feature documentary film following three people with extraordinary experiences of America's modern death penalty and goes behind the scenes of capital punishment's most recent headlines. The film is directed by Will Francome (In Prison My Whole Life, Sundance 2008) and Mark Pizzey (who together Raindance Award Winner One For Ten), and edited by James Scott (Sundance Special Jury Award for Editing award 2015 for How to Change the World).
Director: Jezza Neuman
Music: Jamie Perera
- RTS Award for Photography
- Robert F Kennedy Award for TV Journalism
- Emmy Awards Nominee 2013
In the United States, child poverty has reached record levels, with over 16 million children now affected. Food banks are facing unprecedented demand, and homeless shelters now have long waiting lists, as families who have known a much better life sometimes have to leave their homes with just a few days notice.
This World asks three children whose families are struggling to get by to explain what life in modern America really looks like through their eyes. Told from the point of view of the children themselves, this one-hour documentary offers a unique perspective on the nation’s flagging economy and the impact of unemployment, foreclosure and financial distress as seen through the eyes of the children affected.
Watch on PBD Frontline here
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Director: Ruth Grimberg
Producer: Katharine Round
Editor: Pinny Grylls
Production company: Disobedient / Wingspan
A moving glimpse into the quiet world of an ordinary English town in Surrey where a group of people have formed their own practical and positive response to the enormity of the refugee crisis. Ahmed is a refugee from Syria. Separated from family and friends and far from home he must put the past behind him. Ingrid and her son Ross have welcomed him into their home, but as they support Ahmed in his efforts to find a new life they find themselves on an unexpectedly rewarding and life-affirming journey.
Whilst many simply watched in horror as events unfolded, others in towns and villages all across the UK have worked energetically to raise money, collect supplies and clothing to send to camps on the frontline. Some have even taken refugees into their own homes, offering them food, shelter and support. They are determined to show that despite the climate of fear there is room for refugees in the UK and they are welcome here.
Title music and music across the series
Director: Dana Trometer
Channel: Al Jazeera
World War One was four years of bitter conflict from 1914 to 1918. Called 'The Great War' and the 'war to end all wars', it is often remembered for its grim and relentless trench warfare - with Europe seen as the main theatre of war.
But this was a battle fought on many fronts. There is a story other than the mainstream European narrative. It is not told as often but was of huge importance during the war and of lasting significance afterwards. It is the story of the Arab troops who were forced to fight on both sides but whose contribution is often forgotten.
They fought as conscripts for the European colonial powers occupying Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia - and for the Ottomans on the side of Germany and the Central Powers. The post-war settlement would also shape the Middle East for the next hundred years.
In this three-part series, Tunisian writer and broadcaster Malek Triki explores the events surrounding World War One and its legacy from an Arab perspective.
Episode One: The Arabs
Arabs troops from North Africa were among the first to be exposed to the Germans' poisonous gas soon after the start of World War One.
Some reports also suggest that they were subjected to the ancient Roman military practice of 'decimation'. This was the almost random execution of every tenth member of a unit for collective failures of army discipline - and the French are alleged to have used it against their North African troops.
Galliopoli was one of the biggest Allied defeats of the war. But it is not well-known that as many as 300,000 of Mustafa Kamal's Ottoman forces in the campaign were Arabs from Greater Syria – present day Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine.
But the Ottoman entry into the war was accompanied by a call to jihad by the Grand Mufti in Istanbul to all Muslims across the world.
Muslim was forced to fight against Muslim; and the German propaganda machine seized up the tension this created in the Arab world by seeking to undermine the morale of the north Africa troops fighting for the western Allies.
It even set up a show camp near Zossen in Germany where Muslim troops were given preferential treatment in an attempt to persuade them to change sides. The Half Moon Camp was the site of the first ever mosque in Germany.
Episode 2: The Ottomans
Episode two tells the story of the decline of the Ottoman Empire, the fall Sultan Abdul Hamid II, the rise of the young Turk government in his place - and the history of the Ottoman-Germany relationship which led to the Treaty of Alliance between them in August 1914.
The war saw the rise of feelings of nationalism among the Arabs of North Africa and the Levant. But the Ottoman response was to crack down hard on the Arabs of Greater Syria – and many leading intellectuals were executed, sentenced to long jail terms or forced into exile under the authoritarian governorship of Jamal Pasha.
Episode 3: The New Middle East
Episode three covers the secret Sykes-Picot agreement between Britain and France and the way the two imperial powers carved up the former Ottoman Empire between them, regardless of the rights and demands of rights and nationalist movements across the Arab world.
Despite the Egyptian Revolution and the Iraq Uprising, Arab subservience to Ottoman rule was replaced by a series of mandates across the region in which Britain and France seized control of the areas they prized most – to satisfy their own ambitions, interests and ultimately to gain access to region's valuable oil resources.
The war gave birth to the Turkish nationalist movement which led to the founding of the modern Turkish state; and to Zionism, aided greatly by the Balfour Declaration of 1917. The Treaty of Versaillles, however, was referred to by one German-Ottoman military leader not as a peace but as 'a twenty year armistice' – and so it proved...
"The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire" is a 78 minute feature documentary about how Britain transformed from a colonial power to a global financial power. At the demise of empire, City of London financial interests created a web of offshore secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and funneled it to London. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth is hidden in British territories and Britain and its offshore islands are the largest players in the world of international finance.
Starring John Christensen (former Economic Advisor to the secrecy jurisdiction of Jersey), Nicholas Shaxson (best selling author and former FT journalist), Michael Hudson (Academic, author and former Wall Street banker) among others.
"Want to know more about the menace of tax havens and the role of the City of London & Overseas Territories? Then this great film is a must!" (Frederik Obermaier - Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist.)
"This film is shocking, persuasive, factual and shaming. Watch it and you won’t view bankers, lawyers, accountants or many in our political elite in the same way ever again." (Richard Murphy - Professor of Practice in International Political Economy, University of London.)
"A fascinating, informative film asking all the right questions." (Steve Morrissey - film reviewer)
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In September 2014, VICE News documented the birth of the so-called Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. When students organized a weeklong strike to protest China’s handling of the local election process, the government responded with tear gas. Thousands of Hong Kong residents took to the city’s streets in solidarity with the students and the protesters occupied several major roads for weeks on end.
Nearly two months into the occupation, the demands and resolve of the protesters remained unchanged. They started to become fatigued and divided against each other, however, and public support for their cause began to decline. The movement was under immense pressure to either escalate their action, or to retreat and give back the streets.
When VICE News returned to Hong Kong near the end of 2014 to check in on the protesters, we witnessed the final days of the Umbrella Movement’s pro-democracy demonstrations.
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What’s it really like to be a young Native American? Beset with alcohol and drug problems, this South Dakota reservation is desperate to revive ancient traditions and joins the protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline which they say threatens their land.
Pine Ridge is home to the Lakota Sioux and is one of the poorest areas of America with many struggling against drug and alcohol addiction. The Lakota were forced onto the Rez in the late 1800s, their customs and religion stripped away over the decades. But things are changing. Schools are now reviving traditional ceremonies, banned by the government until 1978, and young people are returning to Lakota ways.
The Natives: This is Our America follows a symbolic buffalo kill at Little Wound High and eighteen year-old Arthur’s journey as a new father. Transgender teen Sky and his friends join thousands of other Native activists at the Standing Rock protest camp to protect the Sioux Tribe’s water supply which they say is under threat from the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Directors: Leah Borromeo and Katharine Round
Interactive Director: Gilbert Sinnott
Client: Victoria & Albert Museum
1960s and 1970s apartheid South Africa saw anti-apartheid leaders like Nelson Mandela jailed or killed for their resistance to a racist regime. African National Congress activists such as Ronnie Kasrils were exiled abroad - often to London. These exiles recruited young men and women from university and activist circles to carry out secret missions in South Africa. Using their white privilege and everyday items such as buckets and kitchen timers, they constructed ‘leaflet bombs’ to disseminate thousands of messages of resistance to black South Africans, turning the apartheid system against itself.
This experiential and interactive documentary from Disobedient Films [Leah Borromeo, Katharine Round, Gilbert Sinnott], originally commissioned for the V&A, was designed to be disobedient in both form and content. By using the internet ‘pop-up’ as a narrative device, the film echoes the distribution of leaflets. The messages of resistance in this case are the testimonies of the men and women who risked their lives to play their part in the long road to freedom.
Featuring interviews with those who took part, from the mastermind of the operation, to the printers of the leaflets, to the people who set off the leaflet bombs, this immersive and interactive film takes viewers across multiple parallel narratives. As they navigate through the story of the mission, at key points the viewer has the option to choose which narrative they follow. Viewers can either watch all of the narratives, or select a particular strand. Any chosen route takes the viewer to a leaflet maker to write their own message and share it with friends and other viewers. Dedicated viewers are rewarded with a number of hidden stories, picture and poster galleries and photomontages from Peter Kennard.
"“We wanted to explore how digital media can tell multiple narratives, allowing viewers to understand the incredible story of the London Recruits from different perspectives. The result is a rich fusion of documentary and interactive storytelling where the format helps convey the secretive, surprising nature of the Recruits’ work.” Kati Price, Head of Digital Media, V&A"